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Paperwork Filed in Arizona for Marriage Equality Campaign

An Arizona man has filed paperwork with the intention of putting marriage equality on the state's ballot, the Daily Sun reports:

AzTanner Pritts has formed Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality. But he also has filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office to allow him to start raising money for a 2014 campaign.

Pritts conceded to Capitol Media Services he is a political novice at ballot measures. In fact, the Scottsdale resident said he is just 22.

The initiative drive, if successful, would put the issue back on the ballot just six years after Arizonans voted by a 56-44 margin to define marriage in the state constitution as solely between one man and one woman. But Pritts said he is heartened by the results of elections elsewhere.

Pritt says he understands the challenges that lie ahead for him:

At this point, Pritts said he is just reaching out to other gay rights organizations in Arizona in hopes of raising some money to put the issue on the 2014 ballot. He would need more than a quarter million valid signatures by July of that year just to qualify. And no measure has made the ballot in years without the use of paid circulators.

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  1. I have lived in Arizona my entire life. The Arizona electorate is split basically evenly in thirds. There are about a million registered republicans, a million independents and a million democrats. Arizona is very conservative, yes, but the big issue that conservatives are worried about here, and rightly so, is illegal immigration. We do have legal medical marijuana, and democrat Janet Napolitano was our governor before (shudder) Brewer. People in Arizona are reasonable, and I actually think this could have a (very slight) chance of going somewhere. He has my support!

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 21, 2012 10:32:49 AM

  2. Also, another quick note, after the election this year, Arizona is sending a majority democratic house delegation to Washington for the first time in 45 years. Of our 9 representatives, 5 of them are democrats. This also includes Kyrsten Sinema, a bisexual atheist who just won her election in Arizona's 9th district. Us Arizonans aren't as crazy as you people think. Unfortunately, all you see on the news are our crazies like Brewer and Arpaio.

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 21, 2012 10:40:25 AM

  3. As far as "not voting on civil rights" and banking on the Supreme Court, the vote won't take place until 2014 and the court may well rule before then. If it does, and makes the vote irrelevant, duh, that would be great. But there's no reason not to pursue every avenue in the meantime. And no, I don't think this is a NOM conspiracy.

    Posted by: Booker | Nov 21, 2012 8:14:50 PM

  4. AZ was a red state, I doubt this will pass. On the other hand public support has grown for gay marriage. I think that Scotus will pass on deciding Prop. 8 making it legal, on the DOMA issue I think the court will rule that it is unconstitutional. That would open up the flood gates that the religious right fears as state after state reverse's their laws on SSM.

    Posted by: Benji | Nov 23, 2012 8:21:23 PM

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