In a landmark decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that Nevada and Idaho’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. Arizona is within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit and the ruling will likely lead an Arizona federal court to swiftly overturning the marriage ban here.
Jeremy Zegas, project director for Why Marriage Matter Arizona, cheered the decision and made clear that only one person, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, now stands in the way of the freedom to marry for all Arizona couples:
“This is a monumental step forward for all families in Arizona. Today’s historic ruling affirms what most Arizonans already know to be true: Same-sex couples and their families deserve to be treated equally by their government. With clear precedent from the Ninth Circuit and an obvious signal from the U.S. Supreme Court that this decision will not be put on hold, it’s time for Tom Horne to stop defending our state’s ban on the freedom to marry. For some families in Arizona, each day that passes without the vital protections marriage offers does irreversible damage. He should step aside and allow a quick resolution of the lawsuits challenging Arizona’s ban so all Arizona families can benefit from the security marriage offers.”
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 Foundation of Arizona, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with the support and leadership of countless local businesses, clergy and community organizations.