An Arizona bill that would allow couples to marry at a state-sanctioned ceremony is getting some traction after the governor signed a similar measure in February.
But while some people are hoping for a quick fix, others are wary of the new law.
The bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Leader Troy Fraser (R-Lebanon) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), have said they plan to take up a similar bill in the next session.
If approved, the bill would allow for same-sex couples to legally wed in Arizona.
But a law passed in 2015 by the Arizona legislature was designed to prevent same-gender couples from marrying, and it is currently only available to gay and lesbian couples.
“We’re going to take a look at it, see what it looks like and see if it is something that we think is necessary,” Fraser said in February, according to The Arizona Republic.
Fraser’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The proposal has gained some support, especially among conservatives who have argued that allowing gay couples to wed at the state’s public ceremonies will violate the religious freedom of same-religion couples.
The Arizona legislature has repeatedly tried to pass anti-discrimination legislation that would have prohibited gay and transgender people from marrying and discriminated against people who are transgender.
Frascans office did in fact get the bill signed into law in January.
But the law has been in the works for more than two years, and the Republican-led Arizona Senate has failed to advance the legislation.
A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said the state has “received comments from the majority of legislators” on the bill, which she said would be reviewed “in the coming weeks.”
The Associated Press reported in February that the proposal’s sponsors have been trying to get it passed by next session, which would have been the end of the first session in 2017.
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