Arizona Proposition 102 (2008)

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Arizona Proposition 102 was an amendment to the constitution of the state of Arizona adopted by a ballot measure held in 2008. It added Article 30 of the Arizona Constitution, which says:"Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."[1]

Overview[edit]

On August 26, 2008, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Secretary of State Jan Brewer agreed that the ballot description would state that same-sex marriage was already prohibited by statute.[2] Incorporating the same provision into the Arizona Constitution was meant to prevent an Arizona court from ruling that the statute was invalid under the Arizona Constitution.

Along with similar measures in California (California Proposition 8 (2008)) and Florida (Florida Amendment 2 (2008)), Proposition 102 was decided by voters in the general election on November 4, 2008. The amendment passed by a margin of 56% in favor and 44% against.

Proposition 102 had no immediate impact because its the definition of marriage was consistent with the existing statutory defition.[3] As an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona, the definition cannot be changed by the state legislature, and the possibility that a state court might find a state constitutional guarantee of same-sex couples' right to marry is eliminated.

Supporters and opponents[edit]

As of August 27, 2008 three committees related to Proposition 102 were registered with the Secretary of State:[4] YESforMarriage.com supporting Prop 102 was the one committee in support, and the two committees in opposition were No on Prop 102 and Arizona Together Opposed to Prop 102.

Supporters said that Proposition 102 was necessary to prevent judges changing the legal definition of marriage, as was done in Massachusetts, California, Connecticut and Iowa. Opponents said that Proposition 102 was unnecessary because same-sex marriage was already illegal in Arizona, and that there were more pressing issues facing Arizona; also they cited the issue of the separation of church and state.[5]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Proposition 102 was placed on the ballot via referendum rather than through the initiative process on the last day of the legislative session. Presiding State Senator Jack Harper defeated a filibuster on June 27, 2008 to place the proposed Constitutional Amendment on the ballot. Harper faced an ethics investigation over allegedly violating Senate rules by cutting off the microphones of two senators who were attempting to filibuster the bill.[6] Despite the fact that Harper admitted to cutting off the microphones intentionally,[7] a Senate ethics committee consisting of three Republicans and two Democrats voted 3–2, along strict party lines, to dismiss the charges.[8]

State Senators Jack W. Harper, Ronald Gould, Thayer Verschoor, and John Huppenthal stood out as the proponents of the Marriage Amendment to the Arizona State Constitution. The language of Prop 102 was adopted as a strike-everything amendment to Senator Gould's SCR1042.

In 2006, a more restrictive measure, Proposition 107, had been defeated in the general election.

Results[edit]

Arizona Proposition 102[9]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 1,258,355 56.20%
No 980,753 43.80%
Total votes 2,239,078 100.00%

By county[edit]

Election results by county.
  Yes
  No
County[10] Yes (%) Yes (#) No (%) No (#)
Apache County 76% 18,044 23% 5,405
Cochise County 63% 30,492 37% 17,582
Coconino County 50% 26,845 49% 26,264
Gila County 68% 14,443 32% 6,884
Graham County 80% 9,406 20% 2,352
Greenlee County 73% 2,024 27% 744
La Paz County 66% 3,524 34% 1,785
Maricopa County 55% 741,797 45% 595,077
Mohave County 66% 43,258 34% 21,861
Navajo County 75% 25,317 25% 8,460
Pima County 49% 188,942 51% 195,148
Pinal County 61% 62,425 39% 39,457
Santa Cruz County 52% 6,412 48% 5,902
Yavapai County 61% 59,497 39% 38,546
Yuma County 63% 25,929 37% 15,286
Total 56.2% 1,258,355 43.8% 980,753

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution 1042". 2008-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Voters to be told gay vows already banned". The Arizona Daily Star. 2008-08-27. Archived from the original on 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Revised Statutes 25–101". 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Political Committees, Arizona Ballot Measure". 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ Walkup, Bob; Walkup, Beth. "Publicity Pamphlet Argument" Vote NO on Proposition 102, October 22, 2008.
  6. ^ "State senator faces ethics probe in same-sex marriage debate". Tucson Citizen. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Ethics Committee to question Harper in microphone flap". East Valley Tribune. 2008-07-28. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Panel dismisses complaint against Ariz. senator". Associated Press. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-09-17. [dead link]
  9. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS: 2008 General Election – November 4, 2008" (PDF). Secretary of State of Arizona. 2008-12-01. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  10. ^ "Arizona Secretary of State: 2008 general election – Ballot measures". Retrieved 2010-04-20. 

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