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Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Attorneys representing the state and more than a dozen same-sex couples have filed their legal arguments over whether a federal appeals court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans should apply to Arizona.

The fate of Arizona's law defining marriage as between only a man and a woman rests on a rulingfrom U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, and a decision from Attorney General Tom Horne as to whether he will comply or continue to fight as similar laws around the country fall.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last week declared laws banning same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada violated couples' rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit. Read more »

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Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

 Lambda Legal on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in Phoenix to issue an immediate ruling striking down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The filing follows last Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, which came just a day after the announcement from theU.S. Supreme Court denying review of seven marriage lawsuits from the 4th, 7th and 10th Circuits that had struck down similar bans in Virginia,Indiana, Wisconsin,Oklahoma and Utah. Read more »

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Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions

Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions

Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.

But winning sweeping carve-outs for faith-affiliated adoption agencies or individual wedding vendors will be an uphill battle. Public attitudes against exceptions have hardened, and efforts by faith groups in states where courts, not lawmakers, recognized same-sex unions have had little success. Read more »

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Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit, so its ruling would seem to apply to this state as well.

However, officials at the Arizona Attorney General's office and the Maricopa County Clerk of Appeals would only immediately say that they were reviewing the ruling.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it is "premature" to direct county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more »

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Arizona's same-sex marriage ban may fall soon

Arizona's same-sex marriage ban may fall soon

The future of Arizona's law banning same-sex couples from marrying is in the hands of a local judge who has indicated he thinks the restriction is unconstitutional and a California-based appeals court that is considered the most liberal in the nation.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not hear cases challenging marriage restrictions in five states, allowing to stand lower-court rulings declaring those restrictions unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can now — or will soon be able to — marry in 30 states.

"Same-sex marriage is going to be legal in Arizona a very short time from now," said Dan Barr, one of the attorneys representing same-sex couples in the lawsuits challenging Arizona's law. Read more »

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60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court on Monday set the United States on a historic civil rights path, paving the way for the majority of Americans to reside in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

The court declined to hear appeals from five states that were challenging lower-court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage. By passing on that debate, the court gave a final legal stamp of approval to marriage equality in five states: Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also set the stage for legalization in six other states that also fall under the lower courts' jurisdiction: Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Read more »

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500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

The list of mayors who have signed on to  Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, grew to 500 as Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina joined the list. Two Utah mayors — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Park City Mayor Jack Thomas — joined the list earlier this year.

Last September, Freedom to Marry launched the list in the hopes that encouraging 500 mayors in states across the country to sign on to Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors for the Freedom to Marry was launched in 2012, and the robust bipartisan coalition now includes mayors from 45 states who are making the case for marriage in their cities.

Here is the statement they signed onto:

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Statement Read more »

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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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