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Marriage Update - The State of Marriage - An Interview with Lawyer Shawn Aiken

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Glenn Guillickson writes in Echo Magazine, "Arizona could soon join the list of states where same-sex marriage bans have been struck down.

As judges across the country rule in favor of marriage equality, a decision on a lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage could be just months away.

But if the ban is struck down, don't expect Arizona gays and lesbians to rush to marry, according to the attorney who has been leading the case.

Shawn Aiken said a federal judge could decide the case as early as August or September, perhaps adding Arizona to a growing list of states where same-sex bans have been declared unconstitutional.

But during an interview with Echo Magazine, Aiken said if such a ruling is made, it's likely to be put on hold until it is reviewed by a higher court. In motions in the case, Aiken said attorneys defending the ban have already asked for a stay of such a decision. ...."



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