Phoenix NewsTimes: Irony: Gay-Rights Advocates Ask AZ Attorney General Tom Horne to Respect Marriage

Story by Monica Alonzo

Why Marriage Matters Arizona, a coalition of gay-rights advocates, is calling on state residents to urge Attorney General Tom Horne “to stop wasting taxpayer money defending our state’s harmful constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples.”

The group calls on Horne to “respect all Arizona families,” which is ironic because the embattled politician who was caught sneaking out of his office for a little private time with his mistress clearly doesn’t respect his own.

As New Times has reported Horne, who is married, has never denied an affair with former Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal, a Cuban-American divorcee. Nor has Chenal ever denied being Horne’s mistress.

One FBI reported noted: “Horne is having an extramarital affair with Chenal and they utilize Chenal’s apartment for the furtherance of that affair.”

Also, an FBI agent told Phoenix police that Horne “was driving someone else’s car, crashed and left the scene of an accident, having some rendezvous with Carmen in her apartment. That’s not ethical, that’s not honest, that’s slimy.”

Even so, the Arizona coalition’s call goes out a year after the Supreme Court of the United States in the United States vs. Windsor case struck down a portion of the “Defense of Marriage Act,” citing that banning same-sex couples from marrying violations the Constitution’s Equal Protection clause.