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Arizona: petition for anti-gay marriage intiative challenged

The East Valley Tribune reports: Supporters of a measure outlawing same-sex marriage ran into a fight almost immediately after they turned in a petition Thursday to put the issue on November’s ballot.

Officials at the Arizona Together Coalition, who oppose the measure, promised a legal battle to block it. They said it wont get to voters this fall because it violates state laws limiting constitutional amendments to a single issue.

Protect Arizona Marriages initiative would change the state constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. It also would restrict local governments from offering employees domestic partnership benefits normally reserved for married couples.

Lisa Hauser, an attorney hired to fight the measure, said it violates rules designed to ensure that voters who want one provision are not forced to accept another. -- Gay-union ban up for a fight | EastValleyTribune.com

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