Two separate federal lawsuits have been filed in Arizona seeking the freedom to marry or respect for their marriages legally performed in other states.
In one of the cases, Connolly v. Roche, private counsel has filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the seven same-sex couples who are plaintiffs in the case. The request for summary judgment means that the plaintiffs have urged the judge to rule on the merits of the briefs, without a hearing or a trial. The case was originally filed in January 2014, and all briefs were filed in the case by June 21, 2014. Now, the judge will either choose to schedule oral arguments or directly issue a ruling. The timing is uncertain.
In a separate federal case, Majors v. Horne, Lambda Legal is representing Equality Arizona, six same-sex couples, and two surviving spouses from Arizona. The couples are seeking the freedom to marry or respect for their marriages from other states, and the surviving spouses are challenging the state’s refusal to respect their marriage licenses – and grant them the protections that marriage affords to all other couples. The case was originally filed in March 2014 and plaintiffs will file a motion for summary judgment on August 1st.