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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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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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Glendale, Ariz., will not have LGBT, gender identity protections by Super Bowl

Friday, January 9, 2015
University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is home to the Arizona Cardinals and host of the 2015 Super Bowl.
A piece of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes in the City of Glendale will not happen by the Super Bowl, according to the city's mayor. [...]

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Super Bowl 2015 host city signs on to LGBT-supportive ‘Unity Pledge’

Monday, December 22, 2014
University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is home to the Arizona Cardinals and host of the 2015 Super Bowl.
Glendale, Ariz., home to the Arizona Cardinals and host city of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, has signed on to a pledge in support of the LGBT community. [...]

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‘Religious zealot’ pastor who wishes all gays were dead defends sermon

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Steven Anderson
The pastor who declared that putting gay people to death would lead to an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” defends his anti-gay sermon, in which he also claims "all homos are pedophiles." [...]

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Arizona pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free world by Christmas’ if all ‘homos’ are killed

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Steven Anderson
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A pastor in Tempe, Ariz. said Sunday that if humanity wants to have an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” then gays should be put to death as God has ordered in the scriptures. [...]

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Meet Cathi Herrod, Arizona’s extreme anti-LGBT ‘legislative terrorist’

Friday, November 14, 2014
Cathi Herrod
Cathi Herrod has served as the president of the Center for Arizona Policy since 2006, though she joined the organization as its legal counsel years earlier. The group wields significant influence in the Arizona legislature, and has helped enact over a hundred pieces of legislation. And under Herrod’s leadership, the [...]

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Nation’s only openly bisexual U.S. House representative wins 2nd term

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kyrsten Sinema
PHOENIX -- Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona secured another term in the House of Representatives Tuesday, defeating her challenger in the race to represent the state's 9th Congressional district. [...]

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Super Bowl 2015 host city to consider LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is home to the Arizona Cardinals and host of the 2015 Super Bowl.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The city of Glendale, Ariz., could become the fifth Arizona city to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance under a proposal from a local city councilman. The west Phoenix suburb is home to the Arizona Cardinals and will host Super Bowl XLIX on Feb.1. [...]

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