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.
Why Marriage Matters Arizona is the campaign beginning the conversation about the freedom to marry in the state. Take the pledge with Why Marriage Matters Arizona HERE.
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.
Several jurisdictions, including Bisbee and Tucson, have passed protections for domestic partners.
POLLING DATA: In Arizona, a majority of voters support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, with 55% saying they support marriage, and just 35% saying they oppose marriage (Behavior Research Center, September 2013). A separate poll found that 79% of Hispanic respondents approve of marriage for all couples. (Public Policy Polling, May 2012)
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Why Marriage Matters Arizona is the grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona.
- The ACLU of Arizona is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state and federal laws.
- 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 Arizona, representing 6.6 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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In conjunction with our Roadmap to Victory and commitment to growing public support for the freedom to marry to over 60% by 2016, Freedom to Marry’s state-based Why Marriage Matters public education effort has continued to thrive by expanding to new states and welcome new partners.
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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.