After Loss, Arizona Marriage Equality Advocates Start Again

“A man who champions equality for gays in the United Kingdom has traveled [to Arizona] to launch a drive for a ballot initiative that would establish civil partnerships… “We’re not fighting for marriage; we’re fighting for equal rights,” said Gino Meriano, whose business, Pink Weddings, arranges commitment ceremonies and provides free legal advice for gay couples wishing to establish civil partnerships. But Steen Lawson, co-founder of Marriage Equality USA’s new Arizona chapter, said civil unions don’t go far enough. His group wants same-sex couples to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. “Since government uses the word marriage, we must fight for marriage,” Lawson said.”[Tucson Citizen]