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Arizona man files paperwork to start reversing marriage ban

Timothy Kincaid

November 20th, 2012

I love Arizona politics. Half the stories I read, I have to check that I haven’t wandered onto The Onion’s satire page. (East Valley Tribune)

Tanner Pritts has formed Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality. But he also has filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office to allow him to start raising money for a 2014 campaign.

The initiative drive, if successful, would put the issue back on the ballot just six years after Arizonans voted by a 56-44 margin to define marriage in the state constitution as solely between one man and one woman.

…Pritts said he is a registered Republican and voted in 2008 for John McCain and just this year for Mitt Romney, both of whom are on record as opposing same-sex marriage. Pritts said, though, he is hoping to convince the GOP to alter its stance on the issue.

Okay, so Pritts is a bit naive.

But it’s Arizona. Anything could happen.

(ps. this should be a Jim Burroway story, but he’s enjoying family time where every third block is not a TimeWarner WiFi hotspot)

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F Young
November 21st, 2012 | LINK

Personally, I am concerned about an individual, especially a novice, taking this on by himself based on his gut feelings. I think that era has passed. An individual can do a lot of harm to us.

It appears that he does not already have partners and funding lined up. He should not assume that they and thousands of volunteers will be there when he needs them.

The fundamentals seem to be okay for marriage equality in Arizona:
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/the-future-of-same-sex-marriage-ballot-measures/

However, I am not aware of opinion polling favoring same-sex marriage. One poll in November 2011 found 44% support, with 45% opposition:
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_AZ_1130424.pdf

Another poll in May 2012 found 39% support for marriage:
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/arizona-voters-overwhelmingly-back-gay-rights.html

A constitutional amendment banning marriage equlity passed in 2008 with a 56-44 margin.

Dave H
November 21st, 2012 | LINK

Let’s not forget that Arizona voters defeated an anti-marriage equality amendment in 2006.

Still, I’m not enthusiastic about this – both for the reasons F Young stated above, and also because I believe people’s rights should not be placed on the ballot for popular vote.

Most of these state constitution amendments aren’t going to fall until the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional.

Lord_Byron
November 21st, 2012 | LINK

“But it’s Arizona. Anything could happen.”

History shows that Arizona is an extremely conservative state with a super majority in both areas of the state congress. I doubt this will go anywhere.

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