Election Update November 8, 2006Arizona voters became the first in the nation to defeat an anti-gay mariage ballot initiative.
Arizona is fighting an anti-gay marriage ballot this November. Prop 107 will not only write into the Arizona constitution that marriage is only between one man and one woman, it will take away benefits that many unmarried couples already have, like health insurance and other domestic partnership benefits.
Prop 107, the Protect Marriage Amendment, is on the ballot this November in AZ. Cities such as Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale and Tempe currently offer domestic partnership benefits. If Prop 107 passes it will take away these benefits, which are vital to children, families and seniors throughout the state.
Why Should You Care?Arizona already has a law that prohibits same-sex marriage. Prop 107 will not only ban same-sex marriage, but will also deny unmarried couples any rights and benefits associated with domestic partnership and civil unions. Some of the consequences of Prop 107 are domestic violence laws would not apply to unmarried victims, unmarried student partners would lose tuition benefits, children of unmarried couples would be at risk of losing their access to health insurance.
This amendment will also have a negative impact on business. If this amendment passes, businesses will lose their power to offer equitable benefits and attract the best talent.
What is the wording of the proposed amendment?To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage.
What Can you do?
- Talk to your friends and neighbors in Arizona about the implications of this amendment in your life and theirs
- Get involved in No on Prop 107
- Write a letter to the editor of an Arizona newspaper
- Volunteer to go door-to-door or donate money to this cause.
Arizona Together - Tucson Office
181 S. Tucson Blvd. Suite 103,
Tucson, AZ, 85716 No on Prop 107