Anti-marriage constitutional amendment; a federal judge has ruled in the case of one same-sex couple that the state's refusal to respect a marriage performed legally in another state unconstitutional


On September 12, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick granted a Temporary Restraining Order in the case of Fred McQuire and George Martinez, who passed away earlier this summer. The ruling ensures that Fred will be listed on George's death certificate and be granted the survivor benefits that all other married couples receive. A broader ruling is still pending in this case on whether same-sex couples throughout Arizona have the freedom to marry. Follow the Marriage Litigation in Arizona.

Marriage supporters from across the state have joined together to form Why Marriage Matters Arizona, a public education campaign designed to begin the conversation about the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in the state. Take the pledge with Why Marriage Matters Arizona HERE.

As these cases makes their way up through the courts, Arizonans across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.


In November 2006, a proposed anti-marriage constitutional amendment was rejected at the ballot in Arizona. With this, Arizona became the first state to reject an anti-marriage constitutional amendment, by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

In November 2008, however, anti-gay forces in Arizona pushed through an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excluded same-sex couples from marriage.

Several jurisdictions, including Bisbee and Tucson, have passed protections for domestic partners.


In Arizona, a majority of voters support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, with 55% saying they support marriage, and just 35% saying they oppose marriage (Behavior Research Center, September 2013). A separate poll found that 79% of Hispanic respondents approve of marriage for all couples. (Public Policy Polling, May 2012)


  • Why Marriage Matters Arizona is the grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona. 
  • The ACLU of Arizona is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state and federal laws.
  • Equality Arizona is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization working to secure, protect and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Arizona.
  • Stonewall Democrats of Arizona is a statewide organization in Arizona dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of LGBT people in Arizona.  
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
  • The Human Rights Campaign works to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.


According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 15,817 same-sex couples are living in Arizona, representing 6.6 same-sex couples per 1,000 households. 

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