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Top 20 Stories - Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly

We live in a moderate sized community just south of Phoenix. We had a blast when Joe and myself were selected as the No. 2 Story in the local Newspaper, Maricopa Monitor. We laughed, though, when the number one story was the building of an overpass. What's more important? Easing the traffic congestion or marriage equality? We are still honored that the community still recognized us in this very conservative city and State. We are proud to be a part of our city.

The Maricopa Monitor on December 30, 2014, writes, "No. 2: Local couple at heart of gay marriage fight

Two landmark lawsuits in Arizona challenged the state’s gay marriage ban – which was overturned by a district court in October. One of those is Connolly vs. Roche, which asked the Arizona court to allow gay couples to marry and officially recognize couples married outside of the state. 

Connolly is Joe Connolly, and he just so happens to reside in the city of Maricopa. 

He married Terry Pochert on July 4, 2008, in a Lutheran ceremony during California’s short-lived flurry of same-sex marriage licenses that year. 

The couple – who met in Michigan in 1995 – then returned to their Maricopa home, only to be rejected as a married pair under Arizona law. 

“Nothing has changed as far as people’s religious freedom,” Pochert said. “Stable, life-long relationships are nothing but an asset to foster kids and adoptive kids (in) society.” "

Maricopa Monitor - Top 20 Stories - Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly


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