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Of the more than 20 states that have voted on constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage, only one has rejected the idea -- Arizona in 2006. Conservatives in the Arizona legislature don't want that to be the last word, so they're pushing for a new vote this year.
Aside from its libertarian inclinations, the other reason Arizona rejected the ban was that it also would have forbidden recognition of civil unions and domestic partnerships. As a result, this year's version of the amendment is targeted only at gay marriage. Here's the latest, from the Arizona Daily Star :PHOENIX -- Efforts to put a question on the November ballot asking voters to ban same-sex marriage overcame a major roadblock Monday -- passing through a closely divided state House. A lack of support had stalled the measure for weeks, and it appeared dead in early April. But supporters managed to drum up the votes they needed in time for a Monday morning roll call -- due in part to two Democratic crossover votes. Now the proposed constitutional amendment heads to the Senate, where President Tim Bee, a Tucson Republican, introduced an identical resolution early this year, and where Republicans have a wider majority.
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