LOVE IS LOVE
Marriage equality is now legally recognized across the United States, after the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling. Equality Arizona joins with our local, statewide, and national partners in ensuring that marriage equality is upheld and respected.
WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS ARIZONA CAMPAIGN
EQAZ was a founding table partner of Why Marriage Matters, a statewide, grassroots public education campaign that helped build support around the freedom to marry in Arizona. The campaign educated our communities about love and family as universal values, using actual stories and shared experiences to demonstrate that every LGBTQ person is part of someone’s family and deserves to be treated equally, with compassion and respect.
OBERGEFELL V. HODGES VICTORY IN 2015
On June 26, 2015, two years after DOMA was overturned, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marriage is guaranteed to all couples. This was a monumental victory for families everywhere — but there’s still work to be done. With counties across the country refusing to grant marriage licenses, Equality Arizona will continue to fight for the proper implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision. We still have more work to do for all couples to enjoy the same protections.
CHALLENGING ARIZONA’S MARRIAGE BAN, 2013-2014
In 2013, two Arizona lawsuits brought marriage equality to the courts. Equality Arizona joined forces with several Arizona couples, Lambda Legal, and Perkins Coie as they filed a Federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s discriminatory marriage ban (Majors v. Horne), and continuing the fight for marriage equality.
On October 17, 2014, Arizona’s marriage equality ban was ruled unconstitutional, making it the 31st state to recognize marriage equality.
WORK STILL TO BE DONE
As well as fighting for the equal and fair implementation of marriage equality across the nation, there are still areas of the United States where marriage is not an institution open to all. Equality Arizona supports Diné Equality, the campaign for observation of marriage equality on the Navajo Nation. Learn more here.