A group of LGBT protesters marched 99 miles through 18 cities — from Parker, Arizona to Phoenix, Arizona — to push for the repeal of a constitutional amendment that outlaws same-sex marriage. The state passed the measure in 2008, after a similar effort failed two years earlier. Watch local news coverage of the story:
Arizona does not offer any legal recognition for same-sex relationships (although domestic partnership registries are available in certain cities) or extend discrimination protections for gender identity or sexual orientation. Earlier this year, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill that requires state-funded and private adoption agencies “to give primary consideration to adoptive placement with a married man and woman, with all other criteria being equal.” Gay couples are still able to adopt, but they now fall to the back of the line because of their sexual orientation.