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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Push Ruling

Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors, a couple since college, explain Thursday why they are part of a newly filed effort to get a federal judge to rule that they have a legal right to wed despite a voter-approved state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
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Unwilling to wait for a 2016 vote, advocates for same-sex marriage asked a federal judge today to rule the state's ban is illegal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Support for Gay Marriage Grows in Arizona

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A new survey today shows increasing public support for gay marriage — or at least something like it. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Flagstaff Couples Join Challenge to Arizona’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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After recently being denied marriage licenses, two same-sex Flagstaff couples joined a lawsuit Monday challenging the state’s one-man-one-woman definition of marriage. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the lawsuit seeks to overturn a 2008 voter approved amendment to the state constitution.

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State Capitol News
9:21 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Court Case Aims to Green Light Gay Marriage in Arizona

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Four gay couples went to court Monday seeking the right to be legally wed in the state. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
7:58 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks Mandate Against Performing Same-Sex Marriages

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A state lawmaker who also is a pastor unveiled legislation today designed to protect him and other religious leaders from being forced to marry same-sex couples. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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Fronteras
1:10 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Mexico One Step Closer To Legalized Gay Marriage

The Mexican Supreme Court overturned an Oaxaca state law prohibiting same-sex marriage. The ruling may have a wide-ranging influence, leading to the legalization of gay marriage in Mexico.

The unanimous ruling is aligned with Mexico City, where gay marriage has been legal since 2010.

Some are citing this week’s decision as evidence that Mexico is paving the way for gay marriages to be recognized not only throughout the nation, but other Latin American countries as well.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Voters May Get Chance to Weigh in on Same Sex Marriage

Six years ago Arizona voters narrowly rejected a measure to outlaw not only gay marriage but also civil unions. But in 2008 a scaled-back proposal to solely constitutionally define marriage as between one man and one woman passed on a 56-44 margin. And similar measures have been approved across the nation. That is until this year when voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved allowing gays to wed. And Minnesotans rejected a ban on same-sex weddings. With that in mind, Scottsdale Republican Tanner Pritts said he formed Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality.

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State Capitol News
3:18 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Federal CT Ruling on Gay Marriage Could Affect AZ Law

A federal court ruling today voiding California's ban on same-sex marriage could eventually affect a similar law here. 

In a divided ruling a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2008 California initiative banning same sex marriage runs afoul of the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution. The court's rulings hold precedent for all Western states, including Arizona, where voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage also in 2008. 

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