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Maricopa County attorney sidesteps same-sex adoption fight

Friday, July 10, 2015
"If I really wanted to make this a political battle I could have forced the ACLU to litigate it," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
The decision by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to farm out the services he's legally required to provide lets him avoid backtracking on a policy of denying those services to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court's recent ruling on gay ...

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Arizona governor directs state agency to allow same-sex couples to be adoptive, foster parents

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is instructing a state agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents. ...

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Ariz. governor vetoes bill that could allow adoption discrimination against same-sex couples

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.)
The bill in recent weeks has been caught up in the debate over same-sex marriage after the Maricopa county attorney adopted a policy of not helping same-sex couples adopt. ...

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Arizona county attorney turns away same-sex couple seeking adoption help

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Bill Montgomery
The county attorney says the October federal court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Arizona dealt with marriage, not adoption. Arizona adoption law refers to a "husband and wife" and to a "married man and woman." ...

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Florida bakery may sue Arizona evangelist over anti-gay cake request, recording

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Joshua Feuerstein
An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Florida bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed, while the bakery says it's considering legal action against him. ...

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. ...

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Ethics committee: Ariz. judges cannot turn away gay couples who want to marry

Monday, March 16, 2015
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
The opinion issued by a state judiciary ethics advisory committee said rejecting same-sex couples would violate a judicial-conduct rule against bias or prejudice based on sexual orientation. ...

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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

Sunday, February 22, 2015
An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur. ...

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Group behind Ariz. religious freedom bill meeting with GOP conservatives

Saturday, January 31, 2015
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.
The social conservative group behind the 2014 legislation that would have allowed people to refuse to serve gays in the name of religion has been meeting with Republican lawmakers to craft its 2015 agenda in the Arizona Legislature. ...

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Gay dating app scores billboards outside Super Bowl host stadium

Friday, January 30, 2015
Sports enthusiasts visiting Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLIX will be greeted by two 48- by 14-foot digital billboards hoping to spark conversation about equality and acceptance in sports. ...

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