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 The state's sodomy laws were repealed in 2001 with the passage of the Arizona Equity Act.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.
Couple's Wedding Ceremony Interrupted by Slurs From Hidden Onlooker
September 23 2014 5:44 PM ET

Couple's Wedding Ceremony Interrupted by Slurs From Hidden Onlooker

Michelle Garcia

As a couple exchanged vows before 30 of their close friends and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, someone in a nearby building shouted homophobic words at them.

Arizona: Federal Judge Says Government Must Recognize Widower's Marriage
September 12 2014 3:42 PM ET

Arizona: Federal Judge Says Government Must Recognize Widower's Marriage

Michelle Garcia

Fred McQuire sought federal benefits via his marriage to George Martinez, who recently died of cancer.

Gay Men in Ariz. Seek Immediate Marriage Recognition
August 18 2014 5:29 PM ET

Gay Men in Ariz. Seek Immediate Marriage Recognition

Trudy Ring

George Martinez, who has terminal cancer, and husband Fred McQuire are asking Arizona to recognize their marriage, performed in California last month.

Report: Transgender Immigration Detainee Was Put in Solitary Confinement Following Assault
August 11 2014 8:15 PM ET

Report: Trans Detainee Was Put in Solitary After Assault

Parker Marie Molloy

The trans immigration detainee reported being sexually assaulted by her roommate, and now activist groups say her move to solitary confinement is a form of punishment for speaking out.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Joins Forces With Activist Convicted on 'Walking While Trans'
August 07 2014 11:30 AM ET

Laverne Cox Teams Up Against 'Walking While Trans' Law

Parker Marie Molloy

Monica Jones was found guilty on prostitution charges after accepting a ride from an undercover police officer.

Activists Call for Release of Trans Immigration Detainee Raped in Custody
August 01 2014 5:13 PM ET

Activists Call for Release of Raped Trans Detainee

Parker Marie Molloy

A trans immigration detainee says she was raped by her male cellmate weeks after reporting that she had been verbally harassed by the man, and threatened with sexual assault.

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.

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