This is the kind of hateful amendment that we have to work hard to stop from passing as they come up in vulnerable states. There is no other reason for also barring civil unions except homophobia. The wingnut supporters of the amendment want it styled after the Ohio one, which says the state “shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.” (Arizona Daily Star ):
Arizona voters will be asked to ban gay marriage, bar courts and lawmakers from approving civil unions and preclude cities and counties from providing benefits to the domestic partners of their workers.
Cathi Herrod, director the f*cktard Center for Arizona Policy, needs to bash gays to feel comfortable about her marriage.
The decision was made Wednesday in a meeting with lawmakers to have the Legislature put a constitutional amendment on the 2006 ballot that is as expansive as possible, said Cathi Herrod, lobbyist for the Center for Arizona Policy. She said that means not only defining marriage as between one man and one woman but ensuring that government does not grant ‘substitutes’ to marriage.
If approved by voters, the measure would annul the practices of several localities, including Tucson, Tempe and Pima County, which extend the same benefits given to spouses of workers to their partners. And it also would nullify the domestic-partner registry run by the city of Tucson.
The proposal appears to have sufficient legislative support to send it to the ballot, according to a Senate Republican leader, Majority Whip Jay Tibshraeny. It would not affect practices of private companies.
…Herrod, whose group promotes itself as ‘restoring traditional moral principles,’ said the proposal would cement an exact definition of marriage into the state constitution.”
“We made the mistake in California of restring the marriage amendment to marriage only and not to civil unions as well. Now we have a “Marriage in all but name” bill passed in our legislature. Good luck Arizona.”
“A great developement! Hopefully more and more states will get these amendments. We will NOT accept further degredation of this 2000 year old institution upon which western society is built, as appeasement to 2% of the population.”
“I agree. The gays have clearly overplayed their hand by trying to force it down our throats.”