Could Arizona be next? Tanner Pritts of Scottsdale is taking the first steps towards asking the voters of Arizonans to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. Arizona rejected a ban on same-sex marriage initially only to approve it on the second time around. Pritts has filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office to form Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality and start raising money with an eye to a 2014 campaign.
Pritts is a political novice, and Pritts is, himself, only 22. He stated that “Obviously, we believe the demographics of the nation are changing. We feel that Arizona is, too. And we think we have a shot.”
The anti-gay campaign consultant Frank Schubert did not address this specific move, but tried to downplay the four losses for the anti-marriage equality groups by stating that the four states that rejected marriage bigotry are considered Democrats despite the fact that Maine is independent in nature and the anti-gay groups were extremely confident that they could win in each state.
Schubert stated after the losses that “The American people continue to view marriage as a union between one man and one woman.” The National Organization for Marriage put out a survey of some 800 people across the nation who votes and found that 61% believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Unfortunately for NOM, like the Mark Regnerus fraudulent study, the results of this survey were pretty much cooked in such a way as to given NOM the answer they looked for. Unbiased polling has shown support for same-sex marriage topping 50% nationwide.
Pritts said that he was just starting to reach out to the other LGBT rights groups. While he feels that the task is not impossible, he stated “We believe we can change how people feel in Arizona.” He needs a quarter of a million valid signitures by July of 2014 to get the measure on the ballot.