PHOENIX (BP)--The votes are still being counted, but a constitutional marriage amendment in Arizona apparently has become the first such proposal nationwide to fail at the ballot box.
Heading into Election Day, pro-family groups were 20-for-20 in adopting marriage amendments nationwide, passing them with an average of 71 percent of the vote. Seven additional states passed amendments Nov. 7, giving them majority status nationwide, with 27 now on the books.
But Arizona likely will become the exception. Proposition 107, as it is known, trails by approximately 32,000 votes, 51-49 percent, with about 341,000 ballots yet to be counted, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
|"… if Arizona ends up losing, I would attribute that to the poor wording on the ballot that was very confusing.'" |
| Glen Lavy, attorney with the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund |
Although supporters still hope for a comeback victory, the large majority of outstanding ballots come from two counties -- Maricopa and Pima -- where the amendment lost, the newspaper said. Maricopa has around 250,000 uncounted ballots while Pima has 55,000 to 60,000, officials told the newspaper.
So, what happened in Arizona, and how did it likely become the first state to defeat a marriage amendment? Conservatives say several factors came into play: Read More