$6.9M raised by backers of gay marriage measure

Associated Press
October 2, 208
Supporters of a measure that would alter Arizona’s constitution to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages have out-raised opponents by millions of dollars. Figures released Thursday show the campaign in support of Proposition 102 has raised $6.9 million. That’s compared to the roughly $355,000 raised by the measure’s opponents. [Link]
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McCain, Obama wary of marriage debate

Associated Press
September 22, 2008
Proposed discriminatory amendments against marriage for same-sex couples are on the ballot in three important states this fall, rousing passions on both sides, yet neither John McCain nor Barack Obama seem eager to push the issue high on their campaign agendas. (Link)

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Why Each State is Important

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 9, 2008
Collectively, we have the opportunity to send a very strong message this year. Should we win in all three states we will be able to state that those who experience same-sex marriages within their communities have found them to be no threat, that anti-marriage efforts will not win you election in a swing state, and that coming back to a state that has rejected discrimination is a waste of time and money. [Link]

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Our Opinion: Vote no on gay marriage ban

Tucson Citizen
September 7, 2008
"We need to send a message to the rest of the U.S. that discrimination is not what Arizona is about. We need to send a message to legislators - think of it as dropping them a card - to stop monkeying with our constitution and to get to work on real issues facing the state." [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban has no place in AZ

Tucson Citizen
September 8, 2008
Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud writes in opposition to prop. 102 on the 2008 ballot: "Don't write discrimination into the Arizona Constitution. Vote no on Prop. 102 - again." (Link)

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Do it for Del

365Gay.com
September 2, 2008
With the passing of leader and pioneer Del Martin, a columnist urges, "Do, for Del, engage in the campaign for “no” votes if you live in one of the states facing an anti-gay initiative." (Link)

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For Arizona, Three’s a Crowd

Advocate
September 23, 2008
In the end, gay rights activists are hoping for a hat trick, though that seems unlikely given the odds facing Arizona. But Evan Wolfson insists that one victory is paramount. “Holding California is an outright win,” he says, whereas in Arizona and Florida “we will not have advanced -- but simply beaten back an attack.” [Link]

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AZ: Brewer sues Goddard over ballot language

Arizona Capitol Times
August 25, 2008
The debate centers around whether the description of Prop. 102 on the 2008 ballot should explain state law already prevents same-sex couples from getting married. [Link]

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State secretary goes to court over anti-gay ballot initiative

Arizona Daily Star
August 22, 2008
Secretary of State Jan Brewer has gone to court to keep from having to tell Arizona voters that same-sex marriage is already illegal under state law because supporters of the state's discriminatory prop. 102 on the 2008 ballot said such language would weaken their chance at passing the anti-gay measure. (Link)

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Forgotten Arizona?

Box Turtle Bulletin
August 23, 2008
Blogger Jim Burroway reminds people that Arizona in the 2006 election was the first state to defeat a discriminatory anti-gay amendment, and everyone must work to stop yet another amendment threatening in the 2008 election. (Link)

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