Just a quick update on the marriage bill that was working its way through the Arizona state legislature. Yesterday the SCR-1042 failed to pass by 14-11, with 5 members not participating in the vote. In order to pass, 16 senators would have had to vote yes.
One of those senators who missed the vote was on vacay. Senator Linda Gray (a known homophobe and anti-feminist) made a procedural move to allow another vote to be called on Friday so that the missing senator could interrupt her summer plans. This is from Box Turtle Bulletin:
When supporters of the ban realized that they didn't have enough votes -- Sen. Karen Johnson (R-Mesa) had gone on vacation -- Sen. Linda Gray (R-Phoenix) switched her vote in a procedural move to allow her to bring the measure back again for another vote. Another vote will likely be called on Friday when Johnson is expected to interrupt her vacation to support the measure.