Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Governor pushes vote on gay marriage in '05: "Gov. Janet Napolitano is challenging legislators eager for a state constitutional ban on gay marriages to let voters decide this year rather than wait for the November 2006 election. Napolitano's idea, which would require a special election in 2005, will inject a new twist into a divisive debate that is sure to resonate at the Capitol during the legislative session that starts Monday. In November, conservative social activists and key lawmakers said they would pursue a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in Arizona. The popular thinking in Republican circles is to put the measure on the 2006 ballot, which includes the election for governor, a U.S. Senate seat and every statewide office. "