Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Arizona Tries Again to Protect Marriage

For the second time in two years, Arizonans will be asked to change the state Constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

-- From "Marriage definition returns to Ariz. ballot" by Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic 9/28/08

Three states - Arizona, California and Florida - have a marriage amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In 2006, Arizona voters narrowly rejected a constitutional amendment that contained the one-man/one-woman definition of marriage, as well as a provision that would have prohibited government agencies from providing benefits to domestic partners.

That vote gave Arizona the distinction of being the only state in the nation to reject a constitutional amendment defining marriage. Twenty-five states have amendments that bar same-sex marriage.

This time, the [Arizona] measure is not weighted down with multiple clauses and provisions. Proposition 102 is 20 words long.

. . . Without a constitutional guarantee, a court in the future could follow in the steps of a California judge who last spring ruled that the state's one-man/one-woman marriage law was unconstitutional. The ruling touched off a series of same-sex marriages.

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