Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

Con and Pro

While Arizonans resoundingly approved a spate of anti-immigrant propositions, confirming the depth of their border anxieties, they also demonstrated the state's individualist heritage by becoming the first American voters to reject a ban on gay marriage at the state level:
''We knew all along that once voters were informed about the true impact ... they would oppose this hurtful initiative,'' said Steve May, treasurer for Arizona Together, which organized opposition to the measure. ''They made the right decision.''

A total of eight states voted on amendments to ban same-sex marriage: Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin approved them. Similar amendments have passed previously in all 20 states to consider them.
Although I suspect the measure would have passed had it not also targeted benefits for domestic partners, I'm still heartened by this result, as well as the surprising success of Democrats statewide. The Democrat Party may be a bronze Chevy Citation as political organizations go, an unpleasant ride that is almost impossible to love, but it still beats traveling in Karl Rove's armored Hummer.
Tags: arizona, politics
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