Why Marriage Matters Arizona Supports Lawsuit Challenging Arizona’s Discriminatory Marriage Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2013

CONTACT: Steve Kilar, skilar@acluaz.org, 602-492-8540

Suit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of seven Arizona families will help raise awareness about why the freedom to marry is important for LGBT people

PHOENIX – Jeremy Zegas, project director for Why Marriage Matters Arizona, an education campaign in support of the freedom to marry in Arizona, said this in response to the news today that a second federal lawsuit has been filed challenging the state’s discriminatory marriage law:

“Freedom means freedom for everyone. Couples who love each other should be supported by Arizona, not marginalized. The courageous families filing this lawsuit, by telling their stories and sharing their decades of commitment, will help Arizonans understand why marriage matters to same-sex couples. The fact is, right now, Arizona families are being denied thousands of critical protections. It’s time to fix that. We welcome this legal challenge. Arizona is ready for the freedom to marry.”

More information about Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors, the lead plaintiffs in Lambda Legal’s case, Majors v. Horne, can be found on the Why Marriage Matters Arizona website: http://whymarriagemattersarizona.org/karenandnelda/

Why Marriage Matters Arizona is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona. This campaign is about sharing stories and fostering conversation – showing that every gay and lesbian person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and respect.

Why Marriage Matters Arizona was founded by Equality Arizona, ACLU Foundation of Arizona, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with the support and leadership of countless local businesses, clergy and community organizations.

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