State secretary goes to court over same-sex ballot initiative

2008-08-22T00:00:00Z State secretary goes to court over same-sex ballot initiativeBy Howard Fischer Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 22, 2008 12:00 am  • 

Secretary of State Jan Brewer has gone to court to keep from having to tell Arizona voters that same-sex marriage is already illegal under state law.

Brewer wants a judge to rule that the only thing she needs to tell voters is that approval of Proposition 102 would amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

More to the point, she wants the summary to say only that voting against the measure would ``have the effect of retaining the current laws regarding marriage.'' And she wants the judge to block efforts by Attorney General Terry Goddard to add to that explanation that those laws include ``a statutory ban on same-sex marriage.''

Brewer said she believes the measure is clearer without the language Goddard wants/ But she admitted to Capitol Media Services that she pushed for the shorter version after being told by the group lobbying for Proposition 102 that telling voters about the existing laws would confuse voters -- and cause many to vote against the measure.

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