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Federal court asked to merge Ariz. same-sex marriage cases

Monday, March 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Lawyers for plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court to combine the suits into one case. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s gay marriage ban

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Lambda Legal announced Thursday it has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Arizona on behalf of seven same-sex couples and the surviving spouses of two additional same-sex couples challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Arizona governor’s staff worked on religious freedom bill with proponents

Monday, March 10, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's staff worked with proponents of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays before the legislation was introduced in January, according to emails released by her office. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APSteve Gallardo

Ariz. lawmaker comes out: ‘I am gay, I’m a Latino, I’m a state senator and it’s OK’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix has come out as gay, becoming the third openly gay lawmaker in the Arizona state legislature. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Arizona voters support religious freedom veto, legalizing gay marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A new Arizona poll finds not only that voters in the state agree with Jan Brewer's veto of a controversial religious freedom bill, but that they also for the first time support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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Tempe, Ariz., approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Saturday, March 1, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Tempe City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a city-wide ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin,    APWith the Arizona Capitol in the background, gay rights supporters Rachel Butas, right, and Jo Jo Halko kiss after the two learn that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.

How Corporate America forced the veto of Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Thursday, February 27, 2014
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand. Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.

Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Transcript: Ariz. governor Jan Brewer’s statement on vetoed bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX — Following is a transcript of the statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays: [ Read more → ]
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Religious freedom bill raises complicated legal questions for Ariz., other states

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
[caption id="attachment_130124" align="alignleft" width="665"] Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.[/caption] PHOENIX — The bill has galvanized business leaders and... [ Read more → ]
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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor holds private meetings over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held a series of private meetings Wednesday with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, a proposal that has focused national attention on the state as business groups, gay rights supporters and even many fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor returns home amid furor over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking." [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. [ Read more → ]
George Takei

‘Oh my’ – George Takei is peeved over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei is speaking out over Arizona's controversial legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. [ Read more → ]
Protestors rally at the Arizona state capitol complex demanding that Gov. Jan Brewer veto SB 1062.

Protesters rally at Ariz. state capitol to demand governor veto anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
PHOENIX — Hundreds of people have gathered at the Arizona Capitol to demand that Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor asked to veto bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Friday, February 21, 2014
[caption id="attachment_129729" align="alignleft" width="665"] APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)[/caption] PHOENIX — Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the... [ Read more → ]
Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.

Pro-LGBT lawmaker says Ariz. bill tells gays ‘We don’t want you here’

Friday, February 21, 2014
Arizona state lawmaker Chad Campbell, an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of a bill passed in the state legislature that would allow for religious discrimination against LGBT people, appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the implications of the measure should it be signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. [ Read more → ]
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