Ray Green papers

MS 760

Collection area: Arizona Queer Archives

Collection dates: bulk 2006 to 2010

About this collection

This collection is comprised of papers, newspaper clipping, comics, booklets, stickers, buttons, and flyers related to Propositions 107 and 102. Also included is material related to queer advocacy organizations' responses to these propositions. The organizations iclude Arizona Together, a state organization with resourses for Arizonans who need help or want to help fellow community members to strengthen and bring Arizona together; Arizona Human Rights Fund; and Wingspan, or Wingspan Anti Violence Project, an organiation with programs to help queer people in Tucson be safe and supported as well as work against violence, abuse, and discrimination in the community. This collection is part of the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA), a community focused archive through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. It was transferred to Special Collections in 2020.

Historical background

Ray Green is a Tucsonan who collected materials about the battles around same sex marriage legislation in Arizona around the time of prop 107 and 102 (2006 and 2008). He donated a scrapbook on this to Arizona Queer Archives, which Special Collections recieved in 2020. Proposition 107 (2006) was a proposition to amend the Arizona Constitution to explicitly state that marriage is between one man and one woman. It was primarily opposed by Arizona Together, which was associated with the Arizona Human Rights Fund (AHRF). Both of these organizations work for a more unified and just Arizona, AHRF focusses their work specifically on the queer community. Prop. 107 was not passed. Proposition 102 (2008) was reintroduced and was passed with a 56.2 percent "yes" vote. This was later overturned by the Connolly v. Jeanes and Majors v. Horne cases.

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