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Mon, July 15

Letter: Courier twists facts on marriage issue

EDITOR:

It was interesting to watch the Courier twist the truth in a recent editorial on Proposition 102, the so-called "Marriage Protection Act."

For starters, you gave the impression that Prop 102 was the brainchild of the Arizona Legislature when, in fact, this measure was advanced by the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), an organization with a clear anti-gay agenda. CAP leaders exerted influence on certain state legislators who forced the bill through the Senate under questionable circumstances, actually turning off the microphones of other legislators who expressed opposition.

The Courier also claimed that Proposition 102 has support in the form of "a variety of polls" (that's polls, plural), but cited only one legitimate survey related to the newspaper's position. The other vague reference was to unspecified online polls that allegedly show "60 percent support for the measure." The only such poll appears on the website of a religious ministry specializing in biblical training. Is an informal online survey from a religious organization really enough to make the case for amending our state's constitution?

The Courier clearly wants to advance the idea that its definition of family is the only one that counts. But we all know that our state is filled with all kinds of family configurations, each with its own intrinsic value. We also know that relationships don't have to meet the Courier's narrow definition of family to have deep meaning.

Marriage, despite its recent politicization, is still primarily a matter of the heart, decided by each individual. I for one will never let the Courier, the Legislature, or other voters decide what marriage means to me.

Marriage is meant to bring people together in a spirit of love. Please don't allow this issue to divide us.

Frankie D. Reynolds

Executive Director

Prescott Pride Center

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