As the first openly gay member of the Phoenix City Council, it has been my honor to serve my community and state. But still, because of Arizona’s marriage ban I am denied the freedom to marry my longtime partner Scot in the state we call home.
That’s why today, I am honored to join a growing coalition of lawyers in Arizona who are speaking out for the freedom to marry. Click here to read more about our launch of Arizona Lawyers for Marriage.
As proud members of Arizona’s legal community, we have taken an oath to uphold the constitution and the principles of equality for which it stands.
Legalizing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples is crucial to fulfilling the promise of equal treatment for all of Arizona’s people. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are and who they love.
As lawyers, we believe that allowing all loving, committed couples in Arizona to obtain a civil marriage license would strengthen our state by ensuring fairness and respect within our legal system and the community at large.
As lawyers, we know marriage discrimination is indefensible. That’s why, across the country, more than 30 consecutive courts have struck down state marriage bans, ruling that denying marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. It’s time to make Arizona next—click here to read about Arizona Lawyers for Marriage.
Tom Simplot is a an attorney and former Phoenix City Councilmember.