Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's Time: Marriage Equality Arizona

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Just days after the Tucson City Council voted this week to allow same-sex civil unions, a group calling itself Marriage Equality Arizona filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's office to start gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to redefine marriage as “a union of two persons.”

According to yesterday's Arizona Republic, "the initiative also includes a clause stating that religious organizations or individuals cannot be required to officiate a marriage if they have religious objections."

Could we be close to seeing the end of (one aspect of) Arizona as Crazyland or is this a harbinger of a zombie apocalypse just around the corner? Time will tell.

The Supreme Court will issue an opinion in a lawsuit alleging California’s Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Theories abound as to how the high court will rule and how broadly. But one theory is that the court will let states decide the issue.

If that happens, a new political group, Equal Marriage Arizona, will jump into action.

The group filed paperwork Monday with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to begin gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to redefine marriage as “a union of two persons.” The initiative also includes a clause stating that religious organizations or individuals cannot be required to officiate a marriage if they have religious objections.

The group’s co-chairs, Phoenix Libertarian businessman Warren Meyer and retired Tucson attorney Erin Ogletree Simpson, chairwoman of the Log Cabin Republicans of Arizona, said they will begin collecting the required 259,213 signatures as soon as the Supreme Court rules. They have until July 3, 2014.

Tags: , ,

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Mari Herreras

  • Editors Note

    Pride in Pride
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Pride 2016

    Two years after Wingspan shut its doors, its programs grow and continue under the roof of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Get Your Pride On

    10 reasons to celebrate Pride this year
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • More »

Staff Pick

PCC theatre arts: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

The crazy antics of Willy Wonka creates anticipation as Charlie Bucket and the rest of the golden… More

@ Pima Community College Center for the Arts Fri., Sept. 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 24, 2-3:30 & 7-8:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 30, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 1, 2-3:30 & 7-8:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. 2202 W. Anklam Road.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. 'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation