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Arizona Senate Passes Anti-Marriage Amendment

Jim Burroway

June 27th, 2008

We just received word that late this evening that the Arizona Senate was able to scare up the sixteen votes needed to put a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage onto the ballot.

Tucson’s District 30 Senator and Senate President Tim Bee was the sixteenth vote. He will be running against incumbent Gabrielle Giffords in November for the Congressional District 8 house seat. Voters in CD8 voted against the 2006 Arizona amendment, with 52.5%54.6% voting against Prop 107 and only 47.5%45.4% voting for it. That was a wider margin than the state-wide result of 51.8% against and 48.2% in favor.

Update: I had my figures crossed. I originally posted the results for Sen. Bee’s Senate district, not the Congressional district he is currently running for. As you can see, voters in the Congressional district defeated Prop 107 by a wider margin still. I apologize for the error.



June 28th, 2008 | LINK

Oh my … oh my … oh my … so sad. Why are my civil rights being brought to a vote by the general public? My partner and I recently became engaged and now, well, we might remain engaged indefinitely. We’re not black sheep. We’re not some slithering threat out to destroy humanity … all we want is the same respect and security other couples enjoy. I am so angry I have to sit, biting my nails one more time, hoping beyond hope that my neighbors don’t judge us unfairly.

Let’s get to work Arizona’s decent and kind citizens and defeat this pile of legislative manure.

Patrick ONeill
June 28th, 2008 | LINK

My state Senator is Vincent Solero. When I write or call My state representatives they rspond – when I call Solero I recive no response and he never shows up to vote.

On Monday I will be registering Green to run against him – if a Republican wins as a result I will be happy about that.

June 28th, 2008 | LINK

From Equality Arizona:

In the middle of their discussion, Senator Harper turned off the microphones of Senators Paula Aboud (D-28) and Ken Cheuvront (D-15) and called on the Majority Leader to make a motion. Then, when Senators Aboud and Cheuvront loudly called for a Point of Order several times, even walking to the front desk where Senator Harper sat, he deliberately ignored their calls. To add insult to injury, these people attempted to justify their actions, even after the Senate President and other Senators admonished them for deliberately breaking the rules. Tonight’s actions of these and other Senators have forever tainted that body, and it’s important that we all let the people of Arizona know how these individuals acted so unethically.

That’s truly disgusting. The bigots even have to act illegally and unethically to push their anti-gay agenda. Typical.

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