NO Marriage amendment
Proposition 102 is a divisive, discriminatory initiative that would threaten to erode the rights of same-sex couples if approved.
Arizona voters rejected a similar — though more far-reaching — proposition in 2006.
Furthermore, this proposition isn't needed because state law already defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The state law has been challenged and upheld in court.
At best, Proposition 102 is an effort to keep same-sex couples from ever having the right to marry in Arizona. At worst, it is the first step toward possibly ending legal benefits for people who are in same-sex relationships.
Many large companies in Arizona offer gay couples the same kind of benefits afforded to heterosexual couples. If Proposition 102 passes, conservative activists could attempt to take away those benefits based on their opinion that gay marriages are wrong.
A good reason to reject this proposition can be found in Michigan. That state's voters passed a similar constitutional amendment in 2004. Once the new definition of marriage became part of Michigan's Constitution, court actions resulted in the loss of domestic-partner benefits for state employees by 2007.
Proponents of Proposition 102 argue that it will protect marriage. We ask, protect it from what? Do gay unions threaten heterosexual marriages? We don't believe so.
We see Proposition 102, fundamentally, as an attempt by conservatives to legislate morality. We urge a "no" vote on Proposition 102 and hope we don't see a similar measure in 2010.