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Equal Marriage Arizona wants vote on same-gender nuptials in 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Equal Marriage Arizona (EMA) is hoping to get a marriage-equality initiative on the state ballot in 2014.

The proposed measure would overturn Arizona's ban on same-gender marriage and legalize weddings for gay and lesbian couples.

EMA filed the paperwork Monday, June 17, with the Arizona Secretary of State. The initiative would need to gather 259,200 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2014 election.

The proposed referendum asks:

“This measure will define marriage in Arizona as being a union of two persons. It will ensure the protection of religious freedoms by specifying that religious organizations, religious associations, and religious societies in Arizona will not be required to solemnize or officiate any particular marriage or religious rite of marriage.”

The co-chairs of EMA are Erin Ogletree Simpson, formerly a commercial lawyer and litigator with Lewis & Roca LLP, and Warren Meyers, president of Phoenix-based Recreation Resource Management.