Initiative seeks to legalize gay marriage in Arizona

Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
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June 18, 2013

Arizonans may get another chance to decide whether gays should be able to marry. Warren Meyer, a Phoenix businessman, and Erin Simpson, a retired Tucson attorney, filed paperwork Monday morning seeking to put an issue on the 2014 ballot constitutionally defining marriage in Arizona as between any "two persons." That would overturn the 2008 voter-approved amendment saying marriage is limited to "one man and one woman." In a bid to blunt possible religious opposition, the same measure says no religious organization can be required to officiate or solemnize any particular marriage "in violation of its constitutional right to free exercise of religion." Backers need 259,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014, to qualify for the general election ballot that year. Simpson said she hopes to collect close to 400,000.