Lawyers representing several same-sex couples who challenged Arizona's ban on gay marriage will receive $300,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs, a federal judge ruled.Read More »
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.”
State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.Read More »
The refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeals from five states that want to block gay marriage will likely make it tougher for Arizona's gay marriage ban to survive court challenges, legal experts said Monday.Read More »
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.Read More »
Attorneys for the state are warning a federal judge that fewer “straight” couples will marry and existing marriages will become less stable if he allows gays to wed.Read More »