Iowa Ruling on Gay Marriage Unlikely to Affect Arizona, Says Pro-Ban Group

Today's approval of gay marriages by the Iowa Supreme Court isn't likely to impact Arizona, says a local group that helped see a ban on such marriages approved.

No legal challenges to the successful Proposition 102 are expected, says Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy. The law can only be repealed by another successful election, she points out -- something that's not on the horizon.

Neither lawmakers nor the public have moved to put gay marriage back on the ballot, though in January a gay couple launched a citizens initiative that would force the state to recognize same-sex civil unions as marriages.

Herrod's right-wing group opposes that initiative because it's a "marriage counterfeit." And some gay rights groups worry the initiative will create second-class citizens.

For supporters a ban on same-sex marriage, the Iowa ruling is an example of why Arizona's proposition was needed, says Herrod.

Um, right. We'd hate to be as radical as Iowa. 

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