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PHOTOS: The First Weddings in Arizona

PHOTOS: The First Weddings in Arizona


A ruling on Friday that Arizona's marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution cleared the way for these joyful images. 

With Arizona's attorney general saying it would be "immoral" to appeal a ruling that found his state's marriage ban unconstitutional, same-sex couples quickly began wedding. Republican Attorney General Thom Horne could have kept right on appealing the ruling up the chain, moving from the loss in district court and taking things up with the Ninth Circuit. But every indication based on previous rulings from that court indicated failure ahead -- which Horne said obligated him to stop the legal process.

"Lawyers live under a rule called Rule 11, which provides that it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result," said Horne in a statement. "Therefore, the only purpose to be served by filing another appeal would be to waste the taxpayer's money. That is not a good conservative principle."
His counterparts in the likes of South Carolina have not followed his example and continue to fight precedent set by rulings at the circuit court level. Here are the kinds of moments being delayed as a result:

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