2008 Ballot Measures Opposing Marriage Equality: Why Time is on Our Side

GayWired.com
August 15, 2008
David Mariner writes, "As more voters are being asked to consider the question, and as we have the opportunity to engage more voters and interact with them, public opinion continues to move in our favor. It may be a long battle, but time is definitely on our side." [Link]

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Arizona Democratic Party passes resolution to oppose anti-gay constitutional amendment

HRC Backstory
August 14, 2008
Human Rights Campaign's blog reports that Arizona State Committeewoman Mohur Sidhwa and the newly formed LGBT Caucus presented and passed a resolution during the general session of the state committee to oppose anti-gay Prop 102 on November’s ballot. (Link)

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Atlanta helps fight anti-gay measures out west

Southern Voice Atlanta
August 15, 2008
With discrimination against gay and lesbian couples already written into Georgia's constitution, gay and lesbian Atlantans are channeling money and manpower into Arizona and California for what some consider the most important moment ever for the gay rights movement. [Link]

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State senator faces ethics probe in marriage debate

Tucson Citizen
July 29, 2008
An Arizona state senator faces an ethics investigation for cutting off a debate that served as a filibuster for opponents of a referendum to prohibit same-sex couples from getting legally married in the state. With its chairman crossing party lines, the Senate Ethics Committee voted 3-2 on Monday to formally investigate a lawmaker's complaint that Republican Sen. Jack Harper of Surprise broke Senate rules. [Link]

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Legislator seeks reprimand of colleague

The Arizona Daily Star
July 22, 2008
The dust-up in the Senate over marriage on the last night of the legislative session has one lawmaker seeking to have another one formally reprimanded. In a complaint filed Monday, Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, said Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, used his position to illegally interrupt debate, and then purposely ignored legal protests. [Link]

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Arizona state senator slams opponents over anti-marriage vote

GayPolitics.com
July 15, 2008
Victory Fund's blog interviews Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud about the controversial actions taken by state senators in Arizona to push through a vote on an anti-marriage amendment ballot measure for the November 2008 ballot. (Link)

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Ark. anti-gay ballot measure backers to submit signatures

Associated Press
July 2, 2008
Supporters of a ballot measure aimed at banning gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children said Wednesday they're ready to submit petitions to place their measure on the November ballot. (Link)

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Arizona Governor: Anti-marriage referendum unnecessary

The Arizona Republic
July 3, 2008
Gov. Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she opposes amending the Arizona Constitution to exclude same-sex couples from marriage and called a fall referendum on the issue unnecessary. (Link)

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AZ Legislature puts anti-marriage proposal on ballot

The Arizona Republic
June 27, 2008
In the final hours of one of the longest state legislative sessions on record, state Senators approved a measure sending an anti-marriage constitutional amendment to the fall ballot. (Link)

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Arizona Anti-Marriage Amendment Re-Vote Likely for Friday

Box Turtle Bulletin
June 26, 2008
Yesterday’s vote by the Arizona Senate to advance an anti-marriage amendment to the voters fell short. But amendment supporters today vow to bring the measure back for another vote on Friday. [Link]

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