Equality Arizona

Statement from EQ AZ Co-chairs on recent court decisions affecting the LGBTQ community

Equality Arizona Co-chairs Catherine Alonzo and Nathan Rhoton released this statement after a federal appeals court struck down the same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not hear cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in five states.

“Today we learned that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.  On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it will not hear cases challenging marriage restrictions in five states – Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah – solidifying the lower-court rulings that declared the same-sex marriage bans in those states unconstitutional.

“These are more examples of the momentum that the equality movement is gaining, but the situation in our state is unclear. Every day, committed gay couples in Arizona are still being denied the rights and responsibilities afforded to straight couples, and we must keep fighting to cease that reality.

“As we await the ruling from U.S. District Judge John Sedwick that will affect our state, we continue to urge Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending the Arizona marriage ban.

“Achieving marriage equality is an important aspect of our efforts to promote complete equality for our community in our state. We must remain vigilant and keep fighting for the ultimate goal: comprehensive and irreversible equality on all levels for all people.  That is our goal at Equality Arizona.”

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Equality Arizona’s mission is to secure, protect, and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Arizona. We work to organize the movement for equality, educate voters, and influence policymakers. We continue to advocate for safe schools legislation and policies protecting students from anti-LGBTQ bullying, inclusive nondiscrimination and hate crimes protections statewide, and equal legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.