The Bankrupt Tactics of Proposition 107 Opponents
Proposition 107 is about keeping marriage between one man and one woman. Opponents use red herrings, scare tactics, exaggerations and misinformation rather than take ownership of their extreme advocacy of gay marriage, a practice the majority of Arizonans oppose. Here’s one example - a sign I passed on my drive home:
You see, if prop 107 opponents were intellectually honest and displayed signs reflecting their fundamental disagreement with the traditional definition of marriage, they know support for the proposition would swell. As a result, they have to resort to highly deceptive messages they think will panic voters in their favor.
Arizona citizens who simply read the proposed constitutional amendment will not have a problem seeing through the smoke and mirrors presented by opponents of proposition 107.
Note that although signs like the one above are prevalent in the Phoenix area, I’ve yet to see one that actually opposes what the proposition will codify. Here's a sign created with the help of photoshop that reflects what opponents of Proposition 107 are actually saying (but don't what voters to see):
And, websites opposing the proposition don’t even provide readers the intact language of the measure, which I’ve reproduced below.
AN INITIATIVE MEASUREVoting in favor of the proposed amendment is an obvious choice for those who support traditional marriage. It reaffirms the definition of marriage in the Arizona Constitution and prohibits judges and politicians in Arizona from redefining it.
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF
ARIZONA; AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA;
BY ADDING ARTICLE XXX; RELATING TO THE PROTECTION
1. Be it enacted by the People of Arizona:
2. 1. Article: XXX. Constitution of Arizona is proposed to be added
3. as follows if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:
4. ARTICLE XXX. MARRIAGE
5. TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT MARRIAGE IN THIS
6. STATE, ONLY A UNION BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE
7. WOMAN SHALL BE VALID OR RECOGNIZED AS A
8. MARRIAGE BY THIS STATE OR ITS POLITICAL
9. SUBDIVISIONS AND NO LEGAL STATUS FOR UNMARRIED
10. PERSONS SHALL BE CREATED OR RECOGNIZED BY THIS
11. STATE OR ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS THAT IS SIMILAR
12. TO THAT OF MARRIAGE.
13. 2. The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to
14. the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI,
15. Constitution of Arizona.
Update: more propaganda exposed - AZTogether/No on Prop 107 violates campaign finance disclosure law
- The Bankrupt Tactics of Proposition 107 Opponents - Oct 27, 2006
Doesn't it go both ways Tim? Why don't you send a clean proposition to the voters with that one issue, "Should homosexual couples be allowed to marry?" Even though it's already illegal.
No, it had to include provisions to penalize people living together. People that don't share your theocratic view of the world. Productive members of society that don't share your narrow view.
That sign is not off the mark, and watching Kyrsten Sinema debate Cathy Herrod on Horizon showed just that point.