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Arizona weighs impact of Supreme Court marriage ruling


Alia Beard Rau writing for the Arizona Republic, "The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that all states must grant same-sex couples the right to marry. But the 5-4 ruling won't end the debate over the rights of same-sex couples.

In Arizona, where same-sex unions have been legal since late last year, the battle has turned to more than a thousand state statutes that still define marriage as between a man and a woman, from adoption to taxes to property rights. It's also expected to spur a fight over Arizona's lack of discrimination protection for individuals based on gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as a push from the other side to boost protections for individuals and businesses with religious objections.

"We want to leverage this ruling to bring full equality for LGBT couples living in Arizona," said ACLU of Arizona President Alessandra Soler. "The work isn't over."

The high court heard arguments in lawsuits from four states with bans similar to Arizona's. The ruling applies nationwide. Arizona defined marriage as only between one man and one woman, but an October Appeals Court ruling in a lawsuit challenging the definition led to Arizona becoming the 31st state to allow same-sex couples to marry....."


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