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Gay marriages to begin today in AZ after judge strikes down ban

Gay marriages to begin today in AZ after judge strikes down ban

Gays are now legally marrying in Arizona.

The historic move came just moments after Attorney General Tom Horne said Friday he will not appeal a decision earlier that morning by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick declaring Arizona’s ban on same-sex weddings unconstitutional and immediately ordering the state to “permanently cease enforcement of those provisions of Arizona law declared unconstitutional by this order.”

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Federal court rules Arizona must recognize widower’s gay marriage

Federal court rules Arizona must recognize widower’s gay marriage

A federal judge this afternoon ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Fred McQuire as his legal spouse. Judge John Sedwick rejected arguments by attorneys for state that the “public interest” would be harmed by requiring Arizona to recognize the pair were legally married in July in California. Martinez died a month later.

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