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Same-gender marriage won't be on Arizona's 2014 ballot

PHOENIX -- Arizona voters won’t be asked next year whether the state should allow same-sex couples to marry, after a campaign to place an initiative on the November 2014 ballot imploded over disagreements among supporters of the measure and challenges raising money and gathering signatures.

But advocates of gay rights said they may try again in 2016.

Equal Marriage Arizona, which filed paperwork in June to gather signatures for the ballot measure, announced Monday that it will shut down its campaign.

“The various LGBT advocacy groups in the state and nationally announced they weren’t going to throw their support behind the initiative,” said Equal Marriage Arizona co-chair Erin Ogletree Simpson, a retired Tucson attorney who chairs the Log Cabin Republicans of Arizona. “Without their help, we aren’t able to do it.”

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