Tucson City Council Regina Romero is proud to add her name to the growing chorus of elected officials across Arizona who are speaking out for marriage equality. For Council Romero, there's never been any doubt that same-sex couples and their families should be treated equally under the law.
Family is a central part of our lives and there’s absolutely nothing more important to me than seeing all of our children grow up to be successful, healthy and happy adults. But because the state of Arizona bans marriage for same-sex couples, my son David is denied the basic freedom to get married and start a family of his own simply because he is gay.
Our family is just like any other family—we love to spend time together. Now, that Trevor is 13, we have more time with just the two of us, but when he was growing up, we coached his sports teams, took him to work with us when he was a baby and tried to go on at least one family vacation every year. And we still love to play tennis together.
May 9, 2014
Brenda, her wife Karen and their daughter Toni have built a wonderful life together in Phoenix. The family is always there to love and support one another. But the only damper on their family life? Arizona's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
“If I could marry you, I would ask you right now,” Joe Connolly said from across the table to Terry Pochert. The two men exchanged onion rings at that very moment, a silly gesture that meant much more. Despite how much they loved each other, it was 1995, and the thought of same-sex couples having the freedom to marry was a distant dream. Instead, Terry and Joe made a promise to one another that they would live their lives together in love.
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is joining our campaign to move marriage forward for all Arizona families! A long-time champion of freedom and equality for all Arizonans, Congresswoman Sinema says now, more than ever, it's time to ensure that same-sex couples in our state are afforded the respect and protections only marriage can provide.
This year’s holiday festivities will be especially meaningful for Jeremy and Nick, an Arizona couple engaged to be married next year.“Nick’s mother is very religious and politically conservative,” Jeremy said. “It took her a while to accept our relationship and love for each other. But this year she did something that made me realize she’s fully accepted me as a part of her family.”
Gerardo and Paul have been together since 1995, when they met on AOL during the early days of Internet matchmaking. They met while they were both living in New Jersey but have been together in Phoenix since 1996. They married in the state of New York two years ago.
Lisa and Bev were introduced by a mutual friend about 18 years ago, when they were both living in greater Silicon Valley and working in high tech. They have been a couple for about five years and during that time have overcome challenges that many married couples encounter.
Maria and Amanda reside in Sierra Vista, Arizona, with their 11 year old son, Daniel. After meeting years ago while playing in a soccer league, Maria and Amanda quickly fell in love. “We have so much fun with each other. We are constantly picking on each other, laughing together, and being two feisty, stubborn, women with strong personalities!” Maria said.
Bill Perry—farmer, businessman and third-generation Arizonan—believes that extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is consistent with Arizona’s independent spirit. “To me, supporting marriage for loving, same-sex couples falls right in line with the principles our state holds dear: strong families, limited government and personal responsibility,” Perry said.
Entrepreneur Eric Crown knows what it takes to build a thriving business. He’s done it many times over, right here in Arizona. Respect is at the foundation of every business, Crown said. In the three decades since Crown graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, he has learned that successful businesspeople respect their customers, coworkers and investors regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation.
Katie Hobbs has represented the 15th district as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, and is currently a Senator in district 24. Before taking her career in a political direction, Katie was a social worker by trade, and has a long history of community service. “My dedication to serving my community and its members started when I was just a student. I even met my husband, Patrick, when we were both volunteering at a Catholic parish,” Katie said. “Our mutual commitment to helping others has been a great bond throughout our relationship. Patrick and I have always supported each other, and have encouraged each other to always give back to our fellow Arizonans.”
Sue Wieger and Sheila Kloefkorn were content with their busy lives when they met on a South Mountain hike in January of 2011.
Sheila shared, “When we met it was like we’d known each other for a long time. We had an instant chemistry. We shared friends and lived and hiked frequently on two sides of the same mountain but we hadn’t met.” The connection was powerful and it grew quickly. Sharing perspectives about life, relationships, business and their futures, the relationship grew.
For Miriam and Jim Weisman, supporting the same-sex couples in their life was never a question. “We have always had friends and neighbors that are LGBT, and having them as a part of our lives has been a blessing,” Miriam said. “All that matters to me is our friendship and bond.”