U.S. Supreme Court Decision Supporting Freedom to Marry Positive for Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2014

CONTACT: Jeremy Zegas, 602-773-6009jeremy@whymarriagemattersarizona.org

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to let same-sex couples marry immediately in five states—Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah—means the freedom to marry could soon be available to all Arizona couples.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court signaled today that it will no longer stay federal appeals court decisions approving the freedom to marry, a positive decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should pave a quick road to marriage for all couples in Arizona. The Ninth Circuit Court could rule any day on freedom to marry cases from Nevada and Idaho.

Jeremy Zegas, project director for Why Marriage Matters Arizona, said it’s now more important than ever for Arizonans to tell Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending the state’s unconstitutional marriage ban:

“The U.S. Supreme Court today sent a clear message that withholding marriage from same-sex couples is unconstitutional. If the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of the freedom to marry, only Attorney General Tom Horne will be standing in the way of more loving Arizona couples making a lifelong commitment in front of their family and friends. Arizona is ready for the freedom to marry and every day that passes without it puts families in danger by preventing them from having access to the protections that marriage provides.”

Thousands of Arizonans have already signed a petition telling AG Horne to stop defending the state’s marriage ban.

About Why Marriage Matters Arizona

Why Marriage Matters Arizona is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona. It was founded in 2013 by Equality Arizona, the ACLU of Arizona Foundation, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with the support and leadership of countless local businesses, clergy and community organizations.