A federal judge declared Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and issued an order prohibiting officials from enforcing those laws. However, there's currently one person standing between same-sex couples and Arizona marriage licenses -- Attorney General Tom Horne.
Attorney General Tom Horne has given the green-light for same-sex marriage in Arizona, saying that the first ceremony could be completed before lunchtime today. Horne insisted he disagreed with the federal judge's ruling that ordered an end to enforcing Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage. How ... More >>
Local marriage equality advocates are calling on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to step aside and stop defending the state's ban on gay marriage. Why Marriage Matters Arizona delivered more than 5,100 signed petitions to the attorney general's office yesterday. "The petition calls on him to st ... More >>
Legal same-sex marriages could take place in Arizona by the end of 2014, says an attorney representing a lawsuit by same-sex partners. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider appeals of lower-court decisions supporting the challengers of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indian ... More >>
On a sunny Saturday morning in April, more than two dozen men, women, and children march up Central Avenue, on the final stretch of the Pride parade. The pro-gay march has taken place in Phoenix every year since 1981, but it's the first time this particular group has joined the thousands of people c ... More >>
A group of same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.Several Arizona laws outlaw aspects of same-sex marriages in the state, including Proposition 102, passed by voters in 2008, which states that the only recognized marriages in the state are "a uni ... More >>
Well, same-sex marriage probably won't be legal in Arizona until 2016, at the earliest.A ballot initiative to put the issue on 2014 ballots stopped before it really got started, due to problems with funding.
The group that tried to gather signatures to get gay marriage on Arizona ballots in 2014 has called it quits.In recent weeks, it surfaced that major funding sources for Equal Marriage Arizona had pulled out. Now, it's ending the campaign.
The ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes is a good sign, according to a group of Arizona's gay-marriage proponents.The agencies explained yesterday that same-sex couples that were legally married in any jurisd ... More >>
In case you haven't heard about the bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage nationwide, don't worry, Republican Congressman Trent Franks is already on it.Franks, as well as Republican Congressman David Schweikert, are among the 28 Republican congressmen seeking to change the Constitu ... More >>
Section three of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday, marking a huge step forward for marriage equality. Thursday is the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, giving the LGBTQ community and its allies plenty of reasons to celebrate. No victory is complete without s ... More >>
This post was written by L.A. Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero.The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California today.In its ruling on the state's anti-gay marriage law, the court essentially said that a "private party," the conservative backers of the law, had n ... More >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court made a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage this morning, the Arizona group trying to get an "equal marriage" proposal on the ballot in 2014 is getting serious about its effort."It's go time," Equal Marriage Arizona chairman Warren Meyer tells New Times.
Gay marriage and legal marijuana possession are two things that probably haven't stood a chance in hell against Arizona voters over the last few years, but two groups are thinking now's the time for their issues.Last week, a group calling itself "Safer Arizona" filed its paperwork for a marijuana-le ... More >>
Viri Hernandez, a DREAM Act student organizer who has spent the last few years mobilizing Latino voters in West Phoenix, is criticizing Pastor Warren Stewart for his stance on gay relationships. (The DREAM Act was intended to grant a pathway to U.S. citizenship for individuals brought to this count ... More >>
It shouldn't be illegal to possess a little marijuana, according to more than half of Arizona's residents.This Behavior Research Center poll, released today, shows that 56 percent of the Arizonans surveyed are in favor of "legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use," wi ... More >>
Here's an oddity: Talmage Pearce, nephew of recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and a stalwart defender of the Pearce clan, has been appointed to sit on the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board. On April 1, the Mesa City Council unanimously approved Mayor Scott Smith's memo r ... More >>
As the Bisbee City Council prepares to adopt an ordinance tonight that would give same-sex couples the right to a civil union that provides the same legal benefits as a marriage, we can't help but wonder why the rest of the state isn't doing this. After it passes as expected, the city will acknowle ... More >>
State Attorney General Tom Horne says he'll file a federal action to halt a Bisbee ordinance legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples if the City Council approves it tonight. The proposed ordinance, (see full text below), would grant same-sex couples who enter into an official civil union the s ... More >>
Public Policy Polling released the last of the results from its probe of Arizona voters today, which show that if you're one of Arizona's two most-famous sheriff's, most people don't like you.More people said they liked the City of Yuma than said they liked Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Yuma.A fu ... More >>
In what's sort of a running joke since then-congressional candidate Ben Quayle released his goober-ish campaign ad saying "Barack Obama is the worst president in history," Quayle has an update on his stance.Quayle actually had to defend the video ad after people got a little pissy about it, but he t ... More >>
If you follow RuPaul's Drag Race you were probably shocked to learn that contestant Willam (Willam Belli) was recently disqualified for unspecified reasons. But fear not! Willam has used her recent departure from the program to promote "Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)" a parody of the Wilson Phillips pop ... More >>
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads ex-U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum by a mere three percentage points as they and other Republican candidates speed toward Arizona's GOP presidential primary, just one week away. This, according to a survey just released by the North Caroli ... More >>
Trent Franks thinks letting gay people get married will lead to the end of America.Forget China, the national debt, the failing economy, terrorism, and various other legitimate threats to the survival of the United States, according to fagala-fearing Congressman Trent Franks, letting gay people t ... More >>
Maricopa County GOP chief Rob Haney's lovin' Congressman Trent Franks' fear of same sex nuptials.Over the weekend, GOP Congressman Trent Franks spouted off about how President Barack Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act was an impeachable offense -- and that's apparent ... More >>
In terms of gay marriage, Arizona's conservative image is about to take a hit -- that's according to a statistician who claims the trend in public opinion is shifting in favor of allowing gays to wed at a more rapid pace than ever.According to a study conducted by Hank Pellissier, a statistician ... More >>
Arizonans owe a California judge a thank you. In what some are calling an act of "judicial activism," the Golden State has taken the national spotlight off of Arizona and the immigration debate -- for the moment, anyway.You're probably aware that a federal judge in California ruled to overturn Pr ... More >>
Looks like true love if you ask us Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth says the only way to keep a man from marrying a horse is through a federal marriage amendment.Naturally, we can think of several other snafus that might keep a man from marrying a horse -- namely a horse's inability t ... More >>
John McCain's wife and daughter recently posed for a photographer's campaign to repeal a California ban on gay marriage, putting them at odds with the Arizona senator's position on the matter. Cindy McCain followed the lead of her daughter, Meghan, who posed for photographer Adam Bous ... More >>
Today's approval of gay marriages by the Iowa Supreme Court isn't likely to impact Arizona, says a local group that helped see a ban on such marriages approved.Cathi HerrodNo legal challenges to the successful Proposition 102 are expected, says Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy. The law ... More >>
Obviously, Sen. Larry Craig's private preferences did not make him a friend to the GLBT community. Regarding Arizona Governor and soon-to-be Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, some in the gay community seem outright delusional when it comes to her appointment. I wonder if they secre ... More >>
Olmsted denounces gay marriage, while ignoring the mass deportation of undocumented mothers and fathers. Know what Jesus had to say about homosexuality? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It apparently was of no concern to him. Of course, he was always hanging out with this group of 12 righteous dudes, and ... More >>
By John Dickerson The Arizona Legislature adjourned weeks ago, but the delicious nastiness continues – this time over gay marriage and a thwarted filibuster. On Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee will convene to hear Phoenix Democrat Ken Cheuvront’s complaint against Surprise Republican Jac ... More >>
Opponents of gay marriage know it will succeed, and they're scared
Letters from the week of September 4, 2003
With Terry Goddard and Janet Napolitano around, you'd think gay marriage would have a chance in Arizona. Think again.