All posts for the month September, 2014

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Alejandra Gerardo and Narda Rivera

Alejandra Gerardo and Narda Rivera have been together for more than four years. Alejandra is originally from Mexico and Narda grew up in Nogales. They live together in Tuscon with their two children, Jayla and Ray, and the family dog, Marley.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta has spent most of her life fighting for Hispanic and women’s rights. She now stands with Why Marriage Matters Arizona for the freedom to marry.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Alfredo Gutierrez

Alfredo Gutierrez, a veteran, businessman, elected official, and activist, has spent decades working to improve Arizona.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Raúl Grijalva, U.S. Representative for Arizona’s Third District

Raúl Grijalva, U.S. Representative for Arizona’s Third District, grew up in Tucson and is the son of a migrant laborer. He believes that discrimination against one group threatens the entire community.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Adriana Z. Badal, Mayor of Bisbee

During Badal’s tenure as Mayor of Bisbee, the city council unanimously approved Arizona’s first civil union ordinance. The law grants some legal protections and benefits for same-sex couples in Bisbee including interment and visitation rights and the power for same-sex partners to make medical decisions for each other.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Valle del Sol

Valle del Sol’s mission is to inspire positive change by investing in health and human services to strengthen families with tools and skills for self-sufficiency and by building the next generation of Latino and diverse leaders.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Friendly House

Since 1920, Friendly House has served the citizens of Arizona and those seeking to become citizens by providing the tools, training and support needed to attain sustaining self-sufficiency.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Silvana Salcido Esparza

“I have a family and we are all committed and love each other,” said Silvana, who is raising a child with her wife, Jo Novelli-Blasko. “There is no reason why my love and commitment shouldn’t be recognized by Arizona.”

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Luisa Evonne Valdez & Marisa Hall

The first night Marisa and I hung out, she made me laugh more in the few hours we spent together than I had in my entire life, and we’ve been laughing together every day since. We knew from that first night there was something different and special between us, and we were willing to do whatever it took to let our love grow.

BREAKING: Arizona must respect this legal marriage

Following the tragic death of George Martinez, one of the plaintiffs challenging Arizona’s marriage ban, Lambda Legal filed an emergency motion on behalf of his husband Fred McQuire—urging the court to grant legal recognition of their marriage.