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LGBT Rights in Arizona: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2008. Arizona law does not address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Arizona does include sexual orientation as a protected group covered by its hate crimes law, but not gender identity.

Current challenges to Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban: Connolly v. Roche, Majors v. Horne.

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Ariz. same-sex couple wants marriage recognized due to terminal illness

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- A same-sex couple from southern Arizona wants a federal judge to immediately order the state to recognize their marriage because one of the men is terminally ill. Lawyers for George Martinez and Fred McQuire of Green Valley say the order is needed so McQuire can be recognized as Martinez's survivor when he dies.

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Sun Devils’ Chip Sarafin: First active Div. I football player to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

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Appeals court rules transgender man can continue pursuing divorce

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Thomas Beatie
PHOENIX -- A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning his transition from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday, reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage. A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Thomas Beatie's marriage to Nancy Beatie in Hawaii in ...

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Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships...

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Attorneys ask judge to decide Ariz. same-sex marriage case without trial

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state's ban on same-sex marriage want a judge to decide the case without a trial. The attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on Monday they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

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Report: Marriage equality would add $62 million, new jobs to Ariz. economy

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Arizona
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Arizona would generate an estimated $61.9 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations could generate up to 517 full- and part-time jobs in the state.

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Facebook status outs gay Eagle Scout, ends leadership opportunities

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Garrett Bryant
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- For 19-year-old Garrett Bryant, a Boy Scout since he was a small boy, summers meant Boy Scout Camps, and this year, a job to help pay his college tuition -- that is, until a "relationship" status on Facebook forever altered his plans and his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.

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Couples challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban ask court for pretrial ruling

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX — Gay and lesbian couples challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court for a pretrial ruling in their favor.

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Judge won’t merge suits challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.

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

| Monday, March 24, 2014
Arizona
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.

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