Efforts to Pass Marriage Equality in Arizona Put on Hold

A group hoping to put marriage equality on the ballot in Arizona in 2014 have put that effort on hold, the AP reports:

EqualmarriageThe Equal Marriage Campaign says it had broad support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed to make a 2014. Those groups favor waiting until 2016 to put a gay marriage measure on Arizona's ballot and Equal Marriage Arizona says it now also supports doing that.

The advocacy groups had said 2014 didn't provide enough time to rally support for a state constitutional amendment and that the larger voter turnout in 2016, a presidential election year, would help.

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, launched the campaign in June in anticipation that the Supreme Court would return the issue of marriage equality to the states.


  1. disgusted american says

    yahhh…lets put out MILLIONS of dollars that could be used to actually HELP the downtrodden and BEG the heteros for the RIGHTS that should be OURS to begin with?????

  2. says

    Here in Tucson the effort to collect signatures was ridiculous. Our local LGBT center decided to not collect completed petitions and there I was with 150 signatures and no place to take them to.

  3. Gregory In Seattle says

    The national organizations that are our supposed leaders seem to spend an awful lot of time and energy dragging their heels on equality. It is almost like they are afraid that success might mean the end to lavish fundraisers with gay-list celebrities.

  4. RonCharles says

    This is a smart move for the state of Arizona. The votes just aren’t there right now. Postponing this until 2016 will allow for more work to be done in terms of voter education, just as was done in Maine to pass its referendum, and chances will be higher for a win in a presidential election year.

  5. Ken says

    This is too bad because the polls have looked very good and winning in a red state would have sent a powerful message. Our “national organizations” have become more of a hindrance than a help in achieving marriage equality. They’d do well to remember that justice delayed is justice denied. I will only contribute to organizations that show a willing to use the money to fight for our rights and not waste it on cocktail parties!

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