Following the tragic death of George Martinez, one of the plaintiffs challenging Arizona’s marriage ban, this morning, faith leaders and Arizonans of faith gathered for a prayer breakfast in Phoenix to show their support for the freedom to marry.
During the prayer breakfast this morning, attendees reflected on the life of George Martinez who so bravely took on Arizona’s marriage ban, and offered condolences to his husband Fred McQuire.
Martinez, a U.S. Veteran from Green Valley, had been with his husband Fred for 45 years before tragically passing away last week. Following his tragic death, Lambda Legal filed an emergency motion on behalf of George and his husband Fred—urging the court to grant legal recognition of their marriage.
In addition to reflecting on the incredible life of George Martinez, attendees also prayed for a positive outcome tomorrow as a judge will consider Lambda Legal’s emergency motion.
Speakers at the prayer breakfast included The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix; Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC); Rev. Carmen Valenzuela, Assistant Pastor, First Congregational UCC in Phoenix; Rev. David Felten, Senior Minister, The Fountains United Methodist Church in Fountain Hills; Rev. Sarah Stadler-Ammon, Pastor Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix; and Rabbi Dean Shapiro, Temple Emanuel in Tempe.
Here at Why Marriage Matters Arizona, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the loved ones of George Martinez, who bravely fought for the freedom to marry in Arizona alongside his husband Fred McQuire. We thank George for his advocacy and strength in this fight.