9th Circuit gets 3 cases on same-sex marriage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today in three cases challenging restrictions on same-sex marriage.

And while none of the cases are from Arizona, the court's ruling on those cases will apply to the state.

The odds are stacked against an Arizona law that defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Arizona is among 31 states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.

Judges in more than a dozen of those states, including three federal appeals-court circuits, have struck down bans like Arizona's.

The 9th Circuit is widely considered the most liberal in the nation. Read more »

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9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today pummeled the defenders of three state laws that forbid same-sex couples from marrying.

The cases being heard by a three-judge panel were filed in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based 9th circuit, so any ruling will apply to this state as well. The laws being challenged are similar to Arizona's, which defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Attorney Monte Stewart, with the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, defended the Idaho and Nevada laws before the court. He focused on the argument that allowing "genderless marriage" would lead to an increase in fatherless children and undermine what he called the child's "bonding right." Read more »

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Babby Buys Tickets For Fans to Go to WNBA Finals Game 2

Babby Buys Tickets For Fans to Go to WNBA Finals Game 2

PHOENIX – After more than 13,000 fans packed US Airways Center today for the Phoenix Mercury’s victory in Game 1 of the 2014 WNBA Finals, Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby has joined the city’s swell of support for the Mercury by purchasing upper level seats for Game 2 this Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. (Note the special start time). Several thousand seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 3 p.m. on game day on the US Airways Center Plaza.

Thousands redeemed upper-level seats for Game 1 today after Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek bought tickets for Phoenix fans. Read more »

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Chandler Police Department forms LGBT Committee

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Police Department has announced the creation of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,) Police Liaison Committee. The committee is comprised of several sworn and civilian Police employees and supervisors.

The decision to form the committee is a proactive step to facilitate training and communication that will enhance the knowledge of the Department and the community regarding issues faced by LGBT individuals. Read more »

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Gay Marriage Bans As Unconstitutional

 A U.S. appeals court issued a scathing, unequivocal ruling Thursday declaring that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were unconstitutional, on the same day that 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago was the fourth to hear arguments on the issue. The decision from a normally slow and deliberative court was released a little more than a week after oral arguments.

The unanimous, 40-page decision from a three-judge panel blasted the states' justifications for their bans, several times singling out the argument that only marriage between a man and a woman should be allowed because it's — simply — tradition. Read more »

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Hornacek Purchases Seats For Fans to WNBA Finals Game

Hornacek Purchases Seats For Fans to WNBA Finals Game

Phoenix Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek has joined the city’s swell of support for the 2014 Western Conference Champion Phoenix Mercury by purchasing upper level seats at US Airways Center for Game 1 of the 2014 WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky on Sunday, September 7 at 12:30 p.m. Several thousand seats are available on a first come, first served basis starting at 9:30 a.m. on game day on the US Airways Center Plaza.

“This is a championship series,” said Coach Hornacek. “After witnessing the amazing crowd in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, I wanted to show my support for this team and provide Phoenix residents the opportunity to cheer on the Mercury from all areas of the arena.” Read more »

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