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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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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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Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

Friday, February 21, 2014
It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said thing or service would violate their practice and observance of their religion. And what sort of religion would encourage anyone to discriminate? You either believe that love and peace is for every human being or you do not... [ Read more → ]
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Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

Friday, February 21, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
The Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Ariz. legislature approves bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 20, 2014
PHOENIX -- The GOP-dominated Arizona House has approved a bill that would expand people's rights to claim their religious beliefs as a basis for refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. House debates bill allowing discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 20, 2014
PHOENIX -- The Arizona House is set to debate a bill backed by Republicans that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Ariz. Senate approves bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has passed a Republican-backed bill that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. House panel OKs bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
PHOENIX -- An Arizona House panel on Tuesday approved changes to a proposed law beefing up protections for businesses that assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others, but the changes didn't placate critics who call the bill a way to allow discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Nevada

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state capitol   in Phoenix.

Ariz. Senate panel approves bill to allow discrimination based on religious beliefs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee gave initial approval Thursday to a bill allowing people to claim that their religious beliefs led them to refuse service to gays or others. [ Read more → ]
Shawn K. Aiken

Attorney hopes to see Ariz. same-sex marriage lawsuit decided in 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
PHOENIX -- An attorney who filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Arizona's same-sex marriage ban said Tuesday he hopes to get a decision from a federal judge before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on any similar challenge from another state. [ Read more → ]
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Four couples file federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Arizona

Monday, January 6, 2014
PHOENIX — Four couples have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona. The suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court certifies Ariz. same-sex partners benefits case as class action

Saturday, December 28, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has certified as a class action Lambda Legal's lawsuit on behalf of lesbian and gay Arizona state employees fighting a move by the Arizona Legislature to eliminate health care coverage for their families. [ Read more → ]
Cottonwood, Ariz.

Cottonwood latest Ariz. city to approve same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The City of Cottonwood has joined a handful of Arizona communities in approving civil unions. [ Read more → ]
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.

Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. [ Read more → ]
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Sedona becomes fourth Ariz. city to approve same-sex civil unions

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Sedona has become the fourth Arizona city to recognize same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]
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New campaign in Ariz. aims to build support for marriage equality by 2016

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- Marriage equality advocates have launched a public-education campaign to build support in Arizona for same-sex marriage, with an eye toward the 2016 election. [ Read more → ]
Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Ariz., considering local ordinance on civil unions

Friday, September 13, 2013
SEDONA, Ariz. — Another Arizona community is moving toward recognizing civil unions of couples regardless of gender. [ Read more → ]
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University of Arizona seeks to boost transgender studies program

Thursday, September 5, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona is creating four tenured professor positions to expand its transgender studies courses. [ Read more → ]
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