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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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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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’

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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