On October 17, 2014, federal judge, Hon. John W. Sedwick, ruled that Arizona’s anti-marriage amendment as well as other marriage definitions in Arizona, are unconstitutional. The pivotal case was Connolly v. Jeanes which challenged Article 30, section 1, of the Arizona Constitution which states only a marriage between one man and one woman is recognized; and A.R.S. §25-201(C) which prohibited same sex marriage in Arizona; and A.R.S. §25-125(A) which defines marriage as between a male and female. While the case was pending in Arizona courts, the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that substantially similar definitions and provisions of Nevada and Idaho law were invalid because they denied same sex couples equal protection under the law, which is a guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Since Arizona is part of the 9th Circuit, it must follow that ruling as precedent.

What does that mean to you?

It means that couples of the same sex can now marry, divorce and have all the same benefits under Arizona law.

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