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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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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’

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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Ariz. lawmaker comes out: ‘I am gay, I’m a Latino, I’m a state senator and it’s OK’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APSteve Gallardo
PHOENIX -- Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix has come out as gay, becoming the third openly gay lawmaker in the Arizona state legislature.

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Poll: Arizona voters support religious freedom veto, legalizing gay marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Arizona
A new Arizona poll finds not only that voters in the state agree with Jan Brewer's veto of a controversial religious freedom bill, but that they also for the first time support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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I’m always touched when people of faith send their love and compassion my way… These people – these Christians – What are they so afraid of and why are they so very hateful? This picture of the cake and all the other pictures and blogs and outrage since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that hateful bill in Arizona isn’t about “freedom of religion” – but you know that, right?

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