Arizona
News from within the borders of Arizona and the fight for equality there. The state's sodomy laws were repealed in 2001 with the passage of the Arizona Equity Act. Arizona voters amended their state constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2008, approving Proposition 102, which stated, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." Past and present challenges include hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples.
Arizona: Marriage Ban Wasn't Meant to Harm Gay Couples
July 27 2014 1:34 PM ET

Arizona: Marriage Ban Wasn't Meant to Harm Gay Couples

Michelle Garcia

The lawyers say the laws barring same-sex couples from marrying in Arizona were not made out of malice, but to protect children and the sanctity of marriages.

Arizona Activist Found Guilty of 'Walking While Trans'
April 15 2014 2:52 PM ET

Arizona Activist Found Guilty of 'Walking While Trans'

Sunnivie Brydum

Arizona transgender student and sex worker advocate Monica Jones was found guilty last week of 'manifesting prostitution,' a broadly defined offense that activists say profiles transgender and low-income people of color.

Op-ed: A Play to Clear Arizona's Name
April 08 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: A Play to Clear Arizona's Name

Michelle Garcia

Arizona has a troubled history when it comes to equality, but gay state senator Steve Gallardo is trying hard to change that.

Out Ariz. Sen. Responds to Colleague Who Told Him to 'Act More Gay'
April 05 2014 7:06 AM ET

Out Ariz. Sen. Responds to Request He 'Act More Gay'

Sunnivie Brydum

When a fellow Democrat told Steve Gallardo to 'act more gay,' he shot back by saying 'I can't.' Now he's speaking out about the incident exclusively with The Advocate.

Op-ed: 'License to Discriminate' Bills Will Keep Coming
March 07 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: 'License to Discriminate' Bills Will Keep Coming

Eric Ferrero

The Supreme Court is about to hear two more cases, where the outcomes may have a wider impact than the Arizona law may have had.

WATCH: Ariz. Senator Comes Out as Gay
March 06 2014 2:56 PM ET

WATCH: Ariz. Senator Comes Out as Gay

Sunnivie Brydum

In response to Arizona's almost-successful effort to legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs, State Sen. Steve Gallardo announced that he's a gay man.

NFL's Fitzgerald: Gay Discrimination Bill Has 'No Place In Society'
March 02 2014 2:19 PM ET

NFL's Fitzgerald: Gay Discrimination Bill Has 'No Place In Society'

Michelle Garcia

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Arizona's discriminatory bill "doesn't have any place in our society."

Another Arizona Bill Quietly Looms
March 01 2014 2:24 PM ET

Another Arizona Bill Quietly Looms

Michelle Garcia

Though Gov. Brewer vetoed a bill that would have legalized discrimination, another (less broad) bill might not face as much heavy scrutiny.

Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over
March 01 2014 2:15 PM ET

Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over

Michelle Garcia

While addressing his party on Friday, President Obama condemned the discriminatory nature of religious freedom bills.

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless
February 26 2014 9:00 PM ET

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless

Lucas Grindley

The Arizona governor said she'd met with numerous people and still couldn't find an example of what the bill was supposedly crafted to defend against.

Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People
February 25 2014 7:41 PM ET

Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People

Parker Marie Molloy

Toni D'orsay, a powerful trans activist in the state of Arizona, spoke out on how the law would impact trans individuals, specifically.

Even Mitt Romney Says He Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill
February 25 2014 7:40 PM ET

Even Mitt Romney Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill

Lucas Grindley

In the latest in a series of terse tweets from prominent Republicans, Jan Brewer is being lobbied by her party's former presidential nominee.

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