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Updated Jun 17, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Gay marriage group hopes to change Arizona Constitution

PHOENIX — Gay marriage proponents want voters to change the Arizona
constitution to define marriage as between two persons rather than a man and a
woman.

Equal Marriage Arizona submitted paperwork to launch its campaign Monday with
the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

The petition drive comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release its
ruling this month on gay marriage.

Equal Marriage Arizona hopes to collect roughly 400,000 signatures to get its
initiative on the ballot in 2014.

If the effort is successful, it would essentially overturn a state
constitutional ban on same-sex marriages approved by voters in 2008.

The proposed constitutional amendment said religious organizations won’t be
required to officiate a gay marriage under the First Amendment, which protects
religious freedom.

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