All posts for the month April, 2014

Lawyers Ask Judge to Rule on Marriage Ban Without Trial

On Tuesday, lawyers on behalf of the seven plaintiff couples in Connolly v. Roche filed a motion for summary judgment. This means that a request has been made for the presiding judge to rule on the case without the need for a trial.

Arizona couple deliver Tax Day petitions to Governor Brewer

Earlier this week, in compliance with the law, millions of Arizonans filed their federal and state tax returns. However, for many Arizonans, this year’s filing presented an unprecedented challenge. While the federal government allows legally married same-sex couples to file jointly, Arizona does not. Today, the petition was delivered the Governor's office with well over 1,000 signatures.

KTAR: Activists urge Gov. Brewer to recognize same-sex marriages

A group of activists made a push for the state of Arizona to recognize same-sex marriages from other states on Friday.

ABC 15: Tax Day 2014: Tax burden higher for same-sex couples in Arizona

While some people are filing taxes on this Tax Day, others could be considering filing suit.

Op-ed: Marriage limbo at tax time

Today is Tax Day, and while families across the state and nation are scrambling to submit last-minute returns, Tonya and Melanie Puskar-Blakeley are reflecting on the process. The Glendale couple has been legally married since 2008, but since Arizona does not recognize their union, filing for taxes has a whole other level of complication.

Gov. Brewer making tax day even worse

Tax Day is tomorrow. And while April 15th is a day most Americans have come to dread, for same-sex couples in the Grand Canyon State—it brings an extra burden of heartache.

The Republic: Same-sex-wedding planning fraught with hurt, complications

The headlines, Twitter updates and scrolling TV news tickers could give the impression that gay couples across America are buying his-and-his cake toppers and registering for hers-and-hers hand-towel sets.

Melanie Puskar-Blakely: As if we were strangers

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA last year, my wife Tonya and I were elated when, for the first time since we married in 2008, we filed our federal taxes jointly—as a legally married couple.

Tell Gov. Brewer: Allow all married couples to file joint returns!

Tax day is only one week away. And while the federal government recognizes all legally married couples – same-sex couples in Arizona are still prohibited from filing jointly on their state tax return.

KFYI: Same Sex Couples Ask for Tax Filing Equality

A group promoting same-sex marriage delivered petitions to Governor Jan Brewer's office on Friday asking the governor "to reconsider her position on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of Arizona."