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Greg Daniels, co-director of PRIDE, talks marriage equality

Meghan Fernandez

Greg Daniels, co-director of Pride Alliance, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning Coming Out Week resource fair on the UA Mall on Monday. Daniels said he identifies as gay and queer.

Daily Wildcat: Do you think marriage equality will be passed in Arizona?

Greg Daniels: Yes. Without a doubt. It’s just a matter of when.

How does marriage equality personally affect you?

I identify as gay and as queer, so it directly affects me. I’m not necessarily in, like, a relationship at this moment, but I still feel like just … even if I wasn’t planning on getting married immediately, that at least I knew it was an option because, as of right now, I feel like I’m a second-class citizen. Like I don’t have access to something the rest of the population has. 

How do you think Arizona will be affected if marriage equality is passed?

I think it will help turn [the state]. If not turn the state blue, it will definitely turn it purple. That’s kind of my hope … just to kind of like … to build seeds into people’s minds, especially conservatives’ minds. That you don’t have to be a Democrat to support it. You could be Republican and support it. Like my dad is [a] full-on red Republican, but he supports it. 

How do you think the UA will be affected if marriage equality is passed?

I think the UA is like the liberal hot spot of Tucson, and Tucson’s like the liberal hot spot of Arizona … so I think — and actually, I’m pretty sure we at one point had some kind of domestic partner benefits or something in Tucson, but I’m pretty sure it got repealed. So I guess I don’t really know necessarily how it would impact the U of A. I think it would just give [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning] students hope, I guess.

What do you think will happen if marriage equality doesn’t pass in Arizona?

If it doesn’t pass, it’s not going to be pretty. There’s going to be a lot of protests. There’s going to be a lot of political action. It’s just going to light a fire under us like there hasn’t been before, but I don’t foresee it happening though. I foresee it coming to a situation where, if we have a Republican governor, it’s going to be that person’s choice as to whether or not they let [the law] through. And if they don’t, all hell is going to break loose. I don’t foresee that happening either. I’m pretty sure Fred DuVal is going to be our next governor, and he’s really committed to marriage equality and LGBT and queer issues, so I think when he wins, it’ll just be a sigh of relief for a lot of us. 

Is there anything else you want to add?

I just wanted to make sure that I, like, also include the caveat that marriage equality isn’t like the end-all, be-all, and that there are a lot more issues that are pressing, like passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. So I think marriage equality is an important issue, but there’s a lot of other more important issues, and I think that if this passes, then that’ll just give us the push to be able to pass all the rest of the laws that we need passed in this state. 


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