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Federal judge strikes down Arizona same-sex marriage ban

Photo Credit: Kevin Goebel/flickr.

Photo Credit: Kevin Goebel/flickr.

A federal judge struck down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, opening the door for same-sex marriages to begin in the state.

U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick found the Arizona law unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples equal protection under the law. Sedwick declined to stay his decision pending appeal, ordering state officials to immediately cease enforcing the ban.

Sedwick cited the decision last week by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Arizona, striking down same-sex marriages ban in Nevada and Idaho. “This court is bound by the precedent set by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,” Sedwick wrote. 

Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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Justin Snow is Metro Weekly's former political editor and White House correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @JustinCSnow.

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