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Group Launches Campaign to Put Marriage Equality on 2014 Arizona Ballot

A campaign has been launched in Arizona to put marriage equality before the voters in 2014, Echo reports:

EqualmarriageIf it's successful, the Arizona Equal Marriage campaign organized by a Libertarian and a Republican could put Arizona in line to be one of the next states to approve same-sex marriage.

But first, the effort would need to collect at least 259,213 signatures of voters registered in Arizona to put the issue on the ballot in the Nov. 4, 2014, general election. To launch the effort, the initiative was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State's office on June 17.

Warren Meyer, a Phoenix small business owner, Libertarian blogger and author, and Erin Ogletree Simpson, a retired Tucson lawyer and chair of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans, are spearheading the campaign in anticipation that the Supreme Court will return the issue of marriage equality to the states, Echo adds:

Meyer and Ogletree Simpson said their goal is to gather at least 400,000 to ensure that their proposal qualifies for the ballot. They said signatures will be gathered by volunteer and paid workers.

The initiative would alter the language of an amendment to the state Constitution approved by voters in 2008, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The new language would define marriage as between two people.

The initiative also proposes adding a paragraph that says religious organizations would not be required to officiate any particular marriage — language that the initiative's supporters said protects religious freedoms.

More at Echo mag....

The group's press release is here.

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  1. The Supremes' ruling and now this. A good day for Arizona after many bad ones.

    Posted by: chris | Jun 17, 2013 5:16:25 PM

  2. There is a strong campaign in Oregon to put marriage on the ballot and overturn a constitutional amendment of one man one woman definition of marriage as well in 2014. All we are waiting for is the wording to be approved on the petitions then gather the correct number of signatures to get it on the ballot. So far things are progressing well though. So Arizona won't be alone in 2014

    Posted by: ormedic | Jun 17, 2013 5:41:06 PM

  3. So now it's official, then: Gay activists all over the country want to legitimize putting minority group Civil Rights up for public vote. What happens when we have a Weimar Germany-style downturn and society needs a convenient scapegoat? Do these ballot box-won "rights" get rescinded? Harvey Milk must be twisting 'round in his grave right now. Coretta Scott King, too!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 17, 2013 6:14:30 PM

  4. I want someone to show me ONE example in the history of the United States where ANY religious official was forced to marry ANY two people that they didn't want to. Show me ONE example of ANY church, synagogue, mosque, temple religious group, sect or denomination that was forced by the government to marry people that they didn't want to. Most, if not all, Southern Baptist church will not marry black/white couples and in spite of the fact that there's a civil rights act and anti-miscegenation laws have been declared unconstitutional no one has sued the SBC to force them to marry mixed race couples.

    NOT AN ISSUE!!! It's simply a red herring.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 17, 2013 6:36:42 PM

  5. 2014, the GOP will have a strong year, always happens...

    They should wait and put on 2016 and it would help the DEm candidate for President.

    Posted by: Bubba | Jun 17, 2013 6:39:27 PM

  6. I don't think the historical record supports the idea that fascists operate under the rubric of well-intentioned legal traditions.

    The reality is that unless the Supreme Court rules broadly in favor of marriage equality in the Prop 8 case, these referenda are the only timely remedies to secure justice.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 17, 2013 6:40:07 PM

  7. Good luck with that. Arizona is not far from Texas and North Carolina when it comes to how they feel about gays marrying each other.

    Posted by: Lindo89 | Jun 17, 2013 6:41:55 PM

  8. Republicans' having good results does not preclude Arizona from voting for marriage equality. It's success depends on libertarian-minded Rs anyway.

    The referendum would help congressional Dems in AZ who represent marginal districts by driving up youth turnout in the midterm.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 17, 2013 6:46:28 PM

  9. Arizona is not in the south. A poll last month showed 55 percent of Arizonans support marriage equality.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 17, 2013 7:02:10 PM

  10. Still don't like the idea of putting our rights up to a vote.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 17, 2013 7:47:12 PM

  11. Just gives the opposing side equal time to rally their support.

    Posted by: FD90 | Jun 17, 2013 8:06:48 PM

  12. I question whether this will be successful that soon, but I don't know enough about the local situation to say one way or the other. What I will say though is even if it fails it should be brought up again and again and again until it passes. Every time it goes up I'll bet the numbers improve as a younger and more accepting generation become voters.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jun 17, 2013 9:45:40 PM

  13. For those that don't like putting marriage equality up for a vote, what is your alternative? Many states voted to amend their constitutions to prohibit same sex marriage. In many cases, a vote is the only way to change that.

    Posted by: JP | Jun 17, 2013 9:48:50 PM

  14. It's not impossible. Arizona was the first state to reject an anti-gay marriage ban in 2006. (Unfortunately they approved a stripped down version in 2008.)

    Posted by: Merv | Jun 17, 2013 10:00:03 PM

  15. @Stuffed Animal: Mrs. King and Dr. King are interred in a mausoleum, so yours is a partially provable hypothesis (but it would be wrong). Harvey Milk was cremated and his ashes are in the Pacific Ocean.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 17, 2013 10:01:35 PM

  16. wait a moment here .... isn't AZ the new crazy Mississippi these days with religious fanatics & bully republicans ???

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Jun 17, 2013 11:20:06 PM

  17. Poll number have looked good in Arizona, always said Arizona would be the first red state with marriage equality.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 17, 2013 11:49:39 PM

  18. By my count we could have as many as 7 states voting to legalize same sex marriage in 2014: Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, California, and New Jersey. I think these are all the states where it is being discussed. Will make for an interesting election year but still hope we get a Supreme Court ruling that makes it unnecessary.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 17, 2013 11:59:29 PM

  19. Hope it works for Arizona; but, I will be surprised if it does. I also doubt it will work in Ohio or in Michigan if they try it there next year. The last thing we need right now is losing this in 3 or 4 states. It would be a huge mistake. I'm another person who does not like putting marriage equality up to a popular vote. Other groups did not have to win their rights this way.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 18, 2013 1:00:14 AM

  20. Indeed Jim and putting them up to a vote,even if it wins,only adds fuel to the fire that this should be a state by state issue.
    If that's the case,we'll be waiting 40-60 years in some places like OK and the South.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 18, 2013 1:07:01 AM

  21. Wonderful news. We need to have such ballot measures in every state that does not yet have marriage and that does have a ballot measure process.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 18, 2013 12:22:43 PM

  22. DB: Unfortunately, most states do not have citizen initiatives. To get repeal votes, we need to flip control of legislatures, given the descent into madness of the GOP. Fortunately, I think a future lawsuit in 2018 or 2019 like Perry v Hollingsworth will be successful for a 50 state solution if we repeal a dozen or so amendments and aggressively pursue legislative change where it's possible. How?

    We can win repeal by initiative in middle size states like OR, CO, AZ, MI, OH, (2014) and then in focus in 2016 on NV ( because repeal vote requires a second legislative vote), AK, CA (because we made a strategically stupid decision to pursue the Overthrow of prop 8 in the hostile Federal Courts instead of voter education and repeal). Then pursue an initiative in conservative libertarian leaning states like the Dakotas, MT, and legislative flip in PA, VA, WI with no initiative process. Finally, we need to double down on the statutory path to equality in IL, NJ, WY, and NM in 2014 and 2015. This would set us up in 2018 with nearly 30 equality states, to show the courts that equality is a federal issue, and sue successfully for a 50 state equal marriage case.

    Posted by: gary47290 | Jun 19, 2013 9:16:36 AM

  23. "What If We Are Just Like You", my marriage equality song, would be appropriate to include in campaigning for inclusion on the 11/14 ballot. I respectfully request that you listen to the song (viral on youtube - hundreds of positive comments from all over the world).

    Thank you for your time :)

    Posted by: Sherri Gray | Jul 18, 2013 5:05:00 PM

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