Proposition 107 states "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or political subdivisions and no legal status shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."
That is right out of the text of the proposed amendment.
The argument against voting for Proposition 107 is that we don't need it because Arizona already has a law prohibiting same-sex marriage, which has been upheld by the Arizona courts. Or, that if Proposition 107 passes it may prohibit governmental entities from providing medical coverage to non-married domestic partners. I am sure that if Proposition 107 passes that the courts will define what the term "similar to marriage" means and how it may apply to medical coverage. Laws change with the election of a new legislature and with the seating of a new court. Just because something is illegal today, does not mean it will remain so.
There are some people who will claim that Proposition 107 is hateful and intolerant for a select group of people. Tolerance for our fellow human beings is good. All of us should be concerned for the welfare of our neighbors. The point of Proposition 107 in my mind is very simple. It is to establish a clear-cut law on what marriage is. It has been said, "Tolerance without limits leads to spineless permissiveness." We all set limits on what we will tolerate and on what we consider to be contrary to our own welfare.
We can be politically correct and try to find a compromise on the issue of protecting marriage. Or, we can take a stand and say enough is enough. I, for one, will not sustain or support the degradation of the family unit. You may vote as you please. As for me and my family, we will be voting to Protect Marriage by voting "yes" on Proposition 107. I would ask that you do the same.
Gordon H. Gartner, Payson