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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. 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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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s gay marriage ban

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
Arizona
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.

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Michele Bachmann: ‘The gay community have so bullied the American people’

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Monday, March 10, 2014
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
Still reeling from the demise of Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill, Michele Bachmann said last week that she is tired of gay people “bullying” her and the American people.

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

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
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.

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