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Gay Marriage Is Still Illegal In Arizona

Jim Burroway

November 8th, 2006

Sorry to throw cold water in everyone’s faces, but the truth is nothing has changed in Arizona. When we woke up this morning, Chris and I still could not get married.

Nevertheless, I could not be more proud to be an Arizona citizen than I am right now. But before we get too carried away, we should remember that while just about all of the precincts have reported their one million votes, there are still some 300,000 mail-in ballots left to be counted. A quarter of the results hasn’t been counted yet (my vote is somewhere in that stack). With the No-Yes margin barely over a single percentage point, this can be significant.

I am crazy busy right now at work, as I was yesterday. But this evening, I hope to be able to sit down and offer some thoughts on what I think this possible victory really means for equality — and what it doesn’t mean. Given that Chris and I still can’t marry, we still have a very long and difficult road ahead of us.

Update: These unofficial results from the Arizona Secretary of State are pretty strong. The margin is 51.4 against verses 48.6 for, a difference of 32,599 votes. It’s unclear how many mailed-in votes are included in this total, but if 300,000 votes are still out, those votes would have to break more than ten percent the other way to make a difference.

See Also:

Center for Arizona Policy Concedes
Were Arizona’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Opponents Deceptive?
Arizona Is Still Going Strong
De-Gaying The Marriage Debate?
Appraising Arizona

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