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BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Arizona Marriage Ban, NO STAY ISSUED

Via Buzzfeed:
Arizona’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Friday. U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick struck down the state’s ban based on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision striking down Idaho and Nevada’s similar bans. Additionally, he refused to grant a stay of his opinion, meaning the decision goes into effect immediately.
UPDATE: Freedom To Marry reacts:
The case, Connolly v. Jeanes ,was filed by private counsel on behalf of several same-sex couples. A separate case, Majors v. Horne, has also been working its way through the courts this year, led by Lambda Legal. In the Connolly case, several of the couples, including Terry Pochert & Joe Connolly and Mason Hite & Christopher Devine, married legally in California, while various other families await the day that they can marry in Arizona. The ruling today strikes down Arizona’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. It comes just over a week after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit's decision in two other cases out of Idaho and Nevada affirming the freedom to marry.
Read the full ruling.

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