Equality Arizona

EQ AZ Co-Chairs: ‘This is an incredible day for our state and our community’

Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors, plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits challenging AZ's same-sex marriage ban.

Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors, plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits challenging AZ’s same-sex marriage ban.

 Today U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick announced that the appellate court decision declaring the bans on same sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada unconstitutional applies to Arizona. Equality Arizona Co-Chairs Catherine Alonzo and Nathan Rhoton issued this statement in response:

“This is an incredible day for our state and for our community. The judge’s decision supports equality and fairness – two principles that our country was founded on. And it affirms the fundamental idea that freedom means freedom for everyone.

“Our efforts to achieve marriage equality are part of our efforts to gain full equality for all. Today, as we celebrate this victory, we would like to thank the brave couples who came forward, joined this lawsuit, and helped to make this moment possible.  And to assure them that we are already looking ahead and preparing for the next challenges and the next opportunities. Because, while this is a momentous accomplishment, our work is not done. In Arizona, it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. It is still legal to discriminate against people for who they are and who they love. And that needs to change. Our fight is not over until we have full, legal equality for every Arizonan.”