Proposition defining man-woman marriage is back on the ballot

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A closer look at Prop. 102
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PHOENIX - For the second time in two years, Arizonans will be asked to change the state constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Voters rejected Proposition 102 back in 2006, but it's now back on the ballot.

The question at the heart of this proposition, does marriage need to be defined in our state's constitution?

What is marriage? Is it a civil union? A religious union?A union between one man and one woman?

"Marriage is one way for people to show love and I think this is just one way for Arizonans to show love and to show that they want to keep marriage as a union between one man and one woman for generations to come," proponent Kelly Molique said.

Molique supports Proposition 102, which would define marriage through an Arizona constitutional amendment.

Some people might ask why do we need that?

"It clearly defines what marriage is in the state of Arizona," Molique said. "Twenty simple and clear words that define marriage as one man and one woman."

"I think it's about an attempt to control people in our state and force them to adhere to one religious beliefs by use of the government," opponent Kyrsten Sinema said.

Sinema is with the no on 102 campaign who say marriage is a private institution and that the government should stay out of it.

"We have a lot of really important issues to deal with here in Arizona; immigration, health care, a tanking economy, rising gas prices, state budget deficit in the billions of dollars," Sinema said. "I think voters really want politicians to deal with those issues."

Should government get involved in defining marriage?

Barack Obama said no.

"I'm not somebody who promotes same sex marriage but I do believe in civil unions," he said. "I think my faith is strong enough that I can afford those civil rights to others, even if I have a different perspective or point of view."

For his part, Senator McCain said he supports Proposition 102 and amending Arizona's constitution so that marriage is defined as only a union of one man and one woman.

"In my state I hope they will make that decision," Senator John McCain said. "In other states they have recognized the unique status of marriage between man and woman."

VOTE in our and Carey Pe±a will share some of your comments on Good Evening! Arizona at 5:30 p.m.