USA, Arizona: Judge Won’t Combine Marriage Equality Lawsuits

Written by scott on April 17th, 2014

Arizona mapA Federal Judge has denied a request to combine two marriage equality lawsuits into one.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. However, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ordered that both cases be assigned to him. One already was assigned to Sedwick but a second was randomly assigned to a different judge.

Lawyers who filed the second lawsuit had requested consolidation, arguing that both cases involve the same issues. Lawyers who filed the first lawsuit responded by saying their case is further along and they also cited differences in the cases, including that they share only one common defendant.

Interesting that he had both cases assigned to himself but is trying them separately. Any hidden meaning here, legal tea readers?

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