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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: New Thought Institute inc., Gilbert, Arizona

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Derek Chad Photography, Phoenix, Arizona

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Derek Chad Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

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Marriage Equality Comes to Arizona

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Arizona mapAnother day, another marriage equality state. This time it’s Arizona, where a Federal judge just struck down the states ban with no stay.

Towleroad.com reports:

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick (a George H.W. Bush appointee) has struck down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage, declaring it “unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law.”

Adds Sedwick: “The court has considered whether to stay this decision to allow defendants to appeal. It is clear, however, that an appeal to the Ninth Circuit would be futile. It is also clear–based on the Supreme Court’s denial of petitions for writs of certiorari filed inconnection with several circuit court decisions which held that same-sex marriage must be recognized in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin –that the High Court will turn a deaf ear on any request for relief from the Ninth Circuit’s decision. It is further ordered that defendants are hereby ordered to permanently cease enforcement of those provisions of Arizona law declared unconstitutional by this order. Finally, this court declines to stay the effect of this order.”

These new states are coming online so quickly it’s hard to keep up – amazing!

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Arizona AG Concedes That 9th Circuit Ruling Applies, Awaits Mandate

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Arizona Attorney General Tom HorneThings are moving along for marriage equality in Arizona. Republican Atty. Gen. Tom Horne just conceded that the recent Ninth Circuit rulings in Nevada and Idaho apply to Arizona.

AZ Central reports:

In legal documents filed Thursday, Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wrote that he believes a recent appeals-court ruling striking down similar marriage bans in other states applies to Arizona. But he asked U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick to wait to overturn the law until the appeals court issues its legal mandate. A mandate instructs courts to go forward with the opinion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a mandate last week within hours of ruling that marriage laws in Idaho and Nevada violated couples’ rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. But the court withdrew its mandate so Idaho could appeal.

Nevertheless, the ruling is expected shortly:

Sedwick could issue a ruling at any time. If he deems the law unconstitutional, Horne could then either concede and instruct county clerks to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples or appeal to the 9th Circuit.

It’s quite possible that Arizona will have marriage equality by next week, unless of course the Atty. Gen. decides to draw this whole thing out.

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Come On, Supreme Court, OK Marriage Equality

Monday, September 15th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorMarriage equality can sound like a political cause. It’s been the subject of intense courtroom drama. But to Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich, it’s personal. It’s about whether the Constitution protects their individual rights. That’s why it is welcome news that the U.S. Supreme Court may be preparing to bring down the gavel on discriminatory laws.

The court will look at same-sex marriage cases from five states later this month at the first conference of its 2014 term. The court could agree to hear one or more cases, deny them all or delay a decision.

The need for the court to provide guidance is paramount. Three appeals courts have thrown out same-sex bans, and other appeals courts face challenges. Sevcik and Baranovich are the lead couple in a Nevada case that was argued before the Ninth Circuit Court this week. That court is expected to strike down laws against same-sex marriage in Nevada and Idaho.

See the Full Story at Arizona Central

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Federal Judge Requires Arizona to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage On Death Certificate

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Fred McQuire and George MartinezA man who lost his partner recently has just won the right to have himself listed as spouse on the death certificate.

AZCentral reports:

A federal judge has issued an emergency order requiring Arizona to recognize the California marriage of Green Valley couple Fred McQuire and George Martinez. Fred McQuire has found a little peace, maybe the first he’s had since his partner of 45 years died late last month of pancreatic cancer.

This case gets to the heart of what marriage equality really is – the recognition of two people who love one another.

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Arizona Marriage Equality Ruling Could Come at Any Time

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Arizona mapThe ruling in an Arizona marriage equality case could come down at any time.

AZ Central reports:

The future of marriage for same-sex couples in Arizona rests in a judge’s hands, with a decision possible anytime… The pending ruling in Connolly vs. Roche, the first of two Arizona lawsuits challenging the state’s definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman, will become one of more than a dozen issued in federal District Courts over the past year. Judges have ruled in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry in all the other cases. The second Arizona case, Majors vs. Horne, is before the same judge, but the parties have until late October to file arguments.

As more and more of these rulings come down in our favor, you have to wonder if there will be any contrary rulings, and if not, will the US Supreme Court still feel compelled to take one (or more) of the cases?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Forever Frame

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The Forever FramePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

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

Thursday, 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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USA, Arizona: Plaintiffs in One Marriage Equality Lawsuit Oppose Consolidation

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Arizona mapThere are two lawsuits for marriage equality in Arizona, and both may be consolidated into one. Or not.

Edge Boston reports:

A motion filed last week in federal court in one of the cases said they should be consolidated. It said the cases involve the same legal issues and that consolidation would save time and effort. However, a response by attorneys in the case filed first says their case is further along and that the court should defer any decision on consolidation until the first case’s initial motions are done. It also says there are differences in the cases, including that they share only one common defendant.

Is there value in continuing to have two separate cases there, or should the plaintiffs just get over it and allow the suits to be combined?

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