A federal judge has just ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. In a short opinion, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick, a George H.W. Bush appointee, referenced the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Idaho and Nevada, concluding that Arizona’s ban was substantially similar and thus must also be struck down.
Sedwick also declined to stay the decision, noting that “an appeal to the Ninth Circuit would be futile” and that the Supreme Court will likely “turn a deaf ear on any request for relief from the Ninth Circuit’s decision.” As reported earlier, Attorney General Tom Horne (R) had already indicated that he was prepared for this outcome.
Though marriage equality is currently on hold in Alaska pending an appeal there, this makes Arizona the 31st state where same-sex couples can legally marry. The Supreme Court declined to hear the Alaska case Friday afternoon.
Attorney General Horne announced Friday that the state will not appeal the decision.