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.

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