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Cole and Dayna Reed of greenHAUS to Leave Arizona, Despite Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Dayna and Cole Reed's plans to leave Arizona because of non-progressive LGBTQ laws were unchanged by the state's legalization of same-sex marriage on Friday, October 17.

The Reeds own Roosevelt Row boutique and gallery, greenHAUS, and plan to close it in early February 2015 because they are moving to Portland, Oregon, where same-sex marriage has been legal since May 2014 and out-of-state same-sex marriages have been recognized since October 2013. The couple, who were legally married in New York in 2012, have a baby on the way and want to ensure they're in a place where each of their parental rights are protected.

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On Friday, October 10, just a week before same-sex marriage was legalized in Arizona, the couple announced their plans to leave Phoenix for Portland, where they plan to reopen their business.

"Their plans are not changing however due to the baby's imminent arrival and worry about appeals and same-sex adoption laws," says the Reeds' public relations representative Stacey Champion via e-mail.

Champion says the Reeds plan to release a formal statement on the matter.

Cole, who has lived in Arizona for 20 years, took to Facebook on Friday, October 17, to share the news of same-sex marriage's legalization in Arizona, posting, "Let's celebrate today's victory, but we still have LOTS of work to do."

It's unclear if and how this same-sex marriage ruling will impact Cole's rights as a parent. She and Dayna's main concern is that each of their names will not appear on their baby's birth certificate if the child is born in Arizona. Only Dayna's would appear, as she is carrying the baby.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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