Gay Marriage Laws in Arizona

Gay Marriage Laws in Arizona

Gay Marriage Laws in ArizonaWhile many people have arguments against gay marriage , the residents of Arizona disagreed with many of those arguments. Arizona Proposition 107 was supported and proposed by those that have staunch arguments against gay marriage.  

However, the proposition did not pass when it was proposed in 2006. If it had passed, the proposition would have banned gay marriage in Arizona. As it stands now, Arizona does not officially recognize same sex marriages in their state or those performed elsewhere. 

In addition, Arizona still defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. However, in 2006, Arizona was the first state that voted down a proposition that banned gay marriage. In all other cases, similar propositions have been passed in other states. In 2008, Arizona did pass Proposition 102,  which stated that only a union between a man and a woman would be recognized in that state.

The gay marriage debate in Arizona rages on. However, the  The Arizona Together Coalition successfully prevented Proposition 107 from becoming legal. The voters in Arizona voted against the ballot initiative. 

The initiative would have banned gay marriage and all benefits associated with marriage. The gay marriage debate in Arizona is far from over. While it was a positive step that voters did not approve of Arizona Proposition 107, Arizona still does not legally allow or recognize gay marriage. 

There are still many with arguments against gay marriage. Many people believe that it should be called a civil union or domestic partnership in order to avoid its association with marriage, which many still clearly define as a union between a man and a woman. In addition, there are those that are simply against same sex unions, no matter what they are called.

While Arizona was quick to dismiss a ban on gay marriage, there are still many arguments against gay marriage. In Arizona, the residents seem to be on the middle ground in the gay marriage debate. 

While they refused to ban gay marriage, they have not legalized it either. The gay marriage debate will never be fully answered because their will always be people that have strong arguments against gay marriage. 

However, there will always be those that are supportive of gay marriage and the rights and benefits associated with it. Maybe the rest of the country can at least strive for the middle ground found in Arizona. It is a step in the right direction in the gay marriage debate.




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