STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups continue to work toward repealing marriage and relationship recognition discrimination and winning the freedom to marry for the citizens of Arizona.
HISTORY: In November 2006, a proposed anti-marriage constitutional amendment was rejected at the ballot in Arizona. With this, Arizona became the first state to reject an anti-marriage constitutional amendment, by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.
In November 2008, however, anti-gay forces in Arizona pushed through an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excluded same-sex couples from marriage.
POLLING DATA: In Arizona, a super-majority of voters (77%) believe that same-sex couples should be able to either marry or form civil unions. 79% of Hispanic respondents said they approve of marriage for all couples. (Public Policy Polling, May 2012)
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality Arizona is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization working to secure, protect and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Arizona.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 15,817 same-sex couples are living in Connecticut, representing 6.6 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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Resources Related to Arizona
The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a detailed listing of anti-gay groups know for their dangerous propaganda aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Find results for states with anti-gay ballot measures in the 2008 election.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Arizona.