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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Anti-Marriage Amendment Heads To Arizona Senate

365Gay.com
May 12, 2008

An amendment intended to write marriage discrimination into the Arizona state constitution passed the House and moved to the Senate even though the AZ public expressed not wanting to write discrimination into their constitution. (Link)

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BLOG: The Politics of Anti-Marriage Amendments

Box Turtle Bulletin
April 21, 2008
Arizona became the first state in the union to defeat an anti-marriage amendment in 2006…Now legislators in the Arizona House appear poised to approve a measure to put another anti-marriage amendment on the ballot for 2008. Some of those legislators who are reportedly leaning towards approving the measure represent districts which voted against the 2006 proposal, bucking the wisdom of their own constituents. [Link]

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Love conquers all, regardless of gender

Tuscon Citizen
April 19, 2008
Rekha Basu emotionally recounts her attendance at a wedding of a same-sex couple saying, “Love is full of surprises: intimacy and distance, control and vulnerability, security and jealousy. But sometimes the surprise is to the outside observer.” [Link]

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Anti-marriage measure dealt blow

The Arizona Republic
April 4, 2008
The Arizona state legislature undercut efforts to add an amendment banning marriage between gay couples when some representatives changed the measure to tie in expanded legal protections for domestic partners. [Link]

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Study: Gay couples in AZ lack resources

Arizona Republic
March 4, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona generally make less money, are less likely to own a home and have fewer resources to raise children than their married counterparts, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. The results of the study being conducted state by state are shattering many long-held stereotypes. [Link]

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Staying on message brought AZ together

Equality NY
February 19, 2007
While nearly 90 percent of voters made their decisions a full two months before Election Day, the poll provided solid evidence that Arizona Together effectively targeted the remaining 10 percent of the electorate. It proved to be the critical difference. Seventy-nine percent of voters knew the amendment dealt with marriage, but 59 percent also knew it would "take away" domestic partnership benefits provided by local governments. The latter had the highest correlation with the vote. [Link]

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Pearce puts stop on bill against same-sex unions

Arizona Republic
January 18, 2007
Two months after Arizona voters became the first in the nation to reject an amendment for the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, a bill that would put the issue before voters again in 2008 is now being called a mistake by its sponsor. [Link]

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Retiring Congressman speaks up about marriage

247Gay.com
December 31, 2006
Retiring Republican Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe says the GOP's opposition to same-sex marriage is "a terrible mistake" and that opposition to the unions is on the decline. Kolbe, who is stepping down after 22 years in Congress, told the Tucson Citizen his party has given too much power over its direction to social conservatives. [Link]

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