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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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Judge signals Arizona same-sex marriage ban could fall

Friday, October 10, 2014
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PHOENIX -- The federal judge considering challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban says the outcome appears to be dictated by an appellate court's ruling overturning bans in two other states. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said in an order issued Thursday that the sides in one of the Arizona cases [...]

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Marriage equality advocates urge Arizona AG to stop defending state’s ban

Friday, October 10, 2014
Supporters rallied outside Thursday as members of the group Why Marriage Matters delivered petitions urging Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.
PHOENIX – Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called Thursday for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state’s ban. The wagon belonged to the daughter of Phoenix couple Kevin Patterson and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of [...]

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Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban likely to fall in wake of 9th Circuit ruling

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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PHOENIX -- The federal appeals court overseeing Arizona overturned gay marriage bans in two other states Tuesday in a decision that means same-sex marriage is virtually certain to be declared legal in Arizona soon. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out gay marriage bans in [...]

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Arizona same-sex marriage ban on thin ice as state awaits rulings in two cases

Monday, October 6, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage appears to be on even thinner ice now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn federal courts that declared bans in five states unconstitutional. Monday's unexpected decision not to hear appeals from Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia means Arizona's efforts [...]

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High school says lesbian couple not eligible for homecoming royalty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty must be made up of a male and female pair. [...]

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Gay couple’s park wedding interrupted by string of homophobic slurs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- An Arizona couple is speaking out, denouncing those responsible for a string of homophobic slurs that interrupted their wedding ceremony in a San Diego-area park last month. Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson – frequent visitors to San Diego – picked Coronado's Centennial Park for [...]

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Arizona Latino leaders announce support for marriage equality

Friday, September 19, 2014
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Latino leaders from across the state kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing their support for marriage equality, reports the Phoenix New Times. “There’s a perception out there that the Latino community does not support marriage equality, but that’s not the case,” says Jeremy Zegas, a project director for [...]

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Chandler police forming committee to connect with local LGBT community

Monday, September 15, 2014
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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Chandler Police Department is forming a new committee to help connect with the city's LGBT community. Chandler Chief of Police Sean Duggan said the formation of the committee was not a reaction to anything that had happened involving the LGBT community, but rather an attempt to [...]

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Federal judge orders Ariz. to recognize deceased man’s same-sex marriage

Friday, September 12, 2014
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A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of [...]

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Fred and George, 45 years together: An Arizona Love Story

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez
PHOENIX -- On Friday, Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. District Court in Phoenix to order the State of Arizona to provide an accurate death certificate to Fred McQuire for his husband, George Martinez, who died on August 28. Fred, 69, and his late husband, George, 62, of Green Valley, [...]

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