Equal Marriage Arizona filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The proposal would change the Arizona constitution to define marriage as a union between two people and not specifically a man and a woman.
The proposed amendment honors individual liberty while protecting religious freedom, said Erin Ovaltree Simpson, the Equal Marriage Arizona co-chair.
“Religious organizations, religious associations, or religious societies shall not be required to solemnize or officiate any particular marriage or religious rite of marriage in violation of its constitutional right to free exercise of religion,” she said.
Equal Marriage Arizona must collect more than 200,000 signatures by July 2014 to get on the November 2014 ballot.