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Four couples file federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Arizona

Monday, January 6, 2014

PHOENIX — Four couples have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona.

The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, claims a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. It seeks to allow same-sex couples to be married and recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

Arizona“I think most people expect that this issue will eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” attorney Shawn Aiken, who filed the suit, told Phoenix radio station KTAR.

The suit names Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne among the defendants. There was no immediate response Monday night from either Brewer’s of Horne’s offices.

The lawsuit claims certain rights and benefits are denied to gay couples because Arizona doesn’t recognize their marriages.

Some of the couples who filed the lawsuit are legally married in other states.

“Two of the four couples that are plaintiffs were married in California,” Aiken said. “As the law stands in Arizona today, their valid California marriage is unrecognized in Arizona.”

Aiken said the suit involves three male couples and one female couple. All are long-time Arizona residents and two of the couples have adopted children, he said.

According to Aiken, there are about 25 lawsuits filed in 15 states that are seeking the legalization of gay marriage.

Should the plaintiffs win the case, Arizona would become the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages.

New Mexico, and Utah legalized gay marriage last month. However, the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex marriage in Utah on Monday.

The suit is Connolly, et al v. Brewer, et al.

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54 more reader comments:

  1. OMG this is getting GOOD

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:51am
  2. I used to live in AZ. I hope these couples win, but good luck with that. Terrible state to live in.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:51am
  3. YES OMG YES MY STATE!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:51am
  4. Yes!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:53am
  5. Yes they deserve it i think every state should legalize it

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:53am
  6. How do we join?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:55am
  7. Won’t happen….AZ is GOP strong hold…..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:55am
  8. Arizona, the state of tolerance! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:55am
  9. 27 years and still going

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:55am
  10. Yaaaaa

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:56am
  11. AZ is as bout as red as they come. Best of luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:56am
  12. Lets wish them luck im sure they are going to be as hard as Texas before letting any gay marriage law get to them. The funny thing is, there are alot of gay people in Texas last I check :) but Still ya lets get this state to legalize gay marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:57am
  13. I hope they win,Everyone deserves to marry the one they love.No matter if you are straight,gay or bi.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:59am
  14. One day I hope my home state will come into the 21st century!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:59am
  15. Don’t back down. Demonstrate the call for equality

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:01am
  16. Az… good luck, just as intolerant as they come.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:01am
  17. I live in AZ. Arizona sucks for a ton of reasons. One reason they really don’t do same marriage but I hope the couples win in court. It’d be amazing if they win :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:02am
  18. Long live equality!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:02am
  19. YES! YES! YES! We have lived with AZ for over 25 years born and raised in Utah, and was married there two weeks ago, after 27 years together. Woohoo! Thanks to everyone who has worked for this to happen. Ecspecially Flagstaff Pride President, Kat Jim♥ Keep on keeping on!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:03am
  20. Please please please please please.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:05am
  21. Love is breaking out all over!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:05am
  22. Just make gay marriage legal in all 50 states then we wouldn’t have this issue… Plus I don’t want to have to go somewhere else than my home state (Ohio) to get married

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:11am
  23. Here’s another one that will come through now! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:12am
  24. I filed suit against the AG of Arizona and the Clerk of the Pima County Court in 1993!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:14am
  25. Frustrating………… but Justice Sotomayer has referred the stay to the whole court and not just to herself. We need to remember the positive…this could lead to a sweeping SCOTUS ruling that human beings can marry each other in all 50 states! Keep your chins up!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:26am
  26. Jesus Christ. This issue has no business in the courts. You don’t want gay marriage then don’t marry a gay! If you oppose equal rights for all please.. Grab your ignorant asses and move to Russia, Uncle Putin is waiting for you with open arms! UN-American pieces of trash. You shame our nation.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:28am
  27. About damn time!! Let’s go AZ!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:28am
  28. Yeah! Time to bring AZ out of the Dark Ages, kicking and screaming.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:30am
  29. Hell yeahhhh!!!! Bring it!!! Arizona NEEDS to be put in check!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:42am
  30. Some one needs to speak up.
    And steep in and do something this has been going on long enough.
    we will be at war with each other. And it doesn’t need to
    go there.Just not one State at a time. That costing us
    Every one tax dollars.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:46am
  31. Rachel Roach

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:47am
  32. WOW, I just now saw that on the news channels page...

    Replied on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:48am
  33. Wont happen. Next thing you know Arpio will start pulling over people who look gay.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:48am
  34. Arizona is the Mississippi of the west

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:05am
  35. Pretty state, but the laws are full of shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:06am
  36. im so glad I left that phuking racist state

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:09am
  37. Krysten Synema is so cool …

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:12am
  38. Another right wing governor about to get her feathers wrankled, or panties in a snit, or something. :-D

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:14am
  39. Won’t it just be Awesome when Marriage is not an issue?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:17am
  40. Hahahahaha I live in Tucson, AZ….this will be interesting

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:22am
  41. Fuck yeahhhhhhhhhhhh make me love AZ a lil more <3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:25am
  42. ❤️❤️❤️

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:32am
  43. Yeah they should make gay marriages legal in all 50 states because they should have every right too and they are Americans too and the people the people saying they don’t well they are wrong because their is nothing wrong with them wanting too and I hope that one day it will be legal in every state so that gay people can get married and be happy

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:52am
  44. About Time!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:10am
  45. Best wishes on this….would love to get married at the Canyon!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:31am
  46. We got your back !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:32am
  47. Good luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:37am
  48. One more on the way.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:09am
  49. Miserable place to be anyway, just get the hell outta there.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:49am
  50. I hope they lose

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:13am
  51. My dream is that the US Supreme Court will make a “Love is Love” ruling for marriage equality in all the remaining states in 2014. Dreams can come true…Yes Yes Yes!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:35am
  52. Arizona sucks!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:17pm
  53. Indiana isn’t much better….we live in the year 1850

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:54pm
  54. My fiancé lives in Flagstaff; as much as I would love to get married in the same state he lives in, somehow I really can’t see how they can win … sad, really sad, …

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:41pm