Serena Freewomyn

AZ Anti-Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed By Serena Freewomyn | April 23, 2008 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-marriage amendment, Arizona, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

It's a bummer, but today the Arizona State Legislature moved a bill through the House that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. From the Arizona Daily Star:

Without comment, lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a measure to constitutionally define marriage as solely between one man and one woman.

The same language had been approved earlier this month on a different bill, but it got derailed after the measure was amended to also grant certain rights to unmarried couples.

The additional provision was unacceptable to those who oppose same-sex marriages. So House backers let that bill die, with the plan of resurrecting the measure again.

This time, though, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, did not offer that same amendment. Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said her group had lobbied to find enough votes to kill the amendment.

More after the jump.

Remember that Kyrsten Sinema is the tricky State Representative who managed to block the bill earlier this month with some savvy maneuvering. Her moves may not have stopped the bill from moving forward, but at least these bigots are being revealed for what they truly are.

The bill still has to be approved in the State Senate. So if you haven't already done so, call your State Senator! The switchboard number is 602-926-4221 or 1-800-352-8404. If this gets approved by both houses, there will still be some time to defeat the measure. But let's cut these assholes off at the pass, no?

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I hope ya'll are able to mobilize the grassroots for this.

Equality Arizona is one of the better state-level LGBT orgs I've seen out there. I'm sure they'll do a good job mobilizing people against this legislation again.