Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Last-minute push in Arizona for ballot measure

On Tuesday, November 7, Arizona may become the first state in the country to successfully defeat a gay marriage ban, thanks to the efforts of Arizona Together, a group of LGBT and heterosexual individuals who all have a stake in defeating Arizona’s Proposition 107 — the initiative that would not only outlaw same-sex marriage but also take away protections and rights for all unmarried couples.

“We’re making good progress. A lot of people don’t know as much as they should about the ballot initiatives and when they find out what Proposition 107 does, they are really surprised,” said Arizona Together representative Les Pierce. With 19 initiatives on the state ballot and the potential for voter confusion, the group is educating the public about the potential loss of healthcare and domestic violence protections for seniors and unmarried adults of all sexualities.

Building a movement around marital status discrimination has been paying off: poll numbers cited by the group last month showed that more than 50 percent of Arizona voters planned to vote no on Proposition 107.

But it remains a close fight, and right-wing leaders have been using the New Jersey Supreme Court decision granting equal protections for gay couples to warn Arizona voters that marriage is under attack.

To ensure a victory for family equality, Arizona Together put out a call last week for community donations: the group plans to run broadcast advertisements as often as possible in all regions of the state in the days before the election.

“We have less than one week to go and need your help today! Please make your most generous donation to help us pay for the last weekend of TV,” the group states on its Web site, noting that one primetime television spot costs $512. “We need to raise just over $65,000 as quickly as possible. This last weekend is very important because a majority of Arizona voters will be deciding how they vote.”

Pierce said all three Arizona Together offices have stepped up their fundraising and campaigning efforts in the final stretch.

“This is so within our grasp,” said Pierce.

Contributions are being accepted online at and

— Cynthia Laird, November 3, 2006 @ 12:23 pm PST
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