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.
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.
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.”
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.”
For Pastor Steve Holm, support for the freedom to marry has been a natural development in the course of his spiritual journey. “I began to think about the issues faced by gay and lesbian persons in the early 1980’s and have spent considerable time studying human sexuality in light of scripture and church teachings,” Steve explained. “I concluded early on that gay and lesbian couples should be able to ask God’s blessings on their relationships, and in my role as pastor, I have gladly offered such blessings to those who requested them.”
Daniel “Danny” R. Ortega Jr. is the owner of the Ortega Law Firm in Phoenix, and previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Like many Arizona professionals, Danny understands why marriage matters to all committed couples.
“The more married couples in Arizona, the better,” Grant said. “Marriage strengthens families and communities – it’s a building block of our society. It makes children feel secure and protected. It reinforces a couple’s economic partnership.”
Arjelia "Argie" Gomez is Chief Financial Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa Inc., a community development organization in Arizona that has been operating for more than four decades. As a financial expert, Argie understands that marriage equality is the best move to protect Arizona’s growing business community.