Media Contact

October 17, 2014


PHOENIX – The ACLU of Arizona is celebrating District Court Judge John W. Sedwick's ruling this morning finding the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Said ACLU of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler:

"Today's ruling brings security to thousands of families in Arizona. It's a moment to be celebrated. Equal protection of the law is one of the fundamental principles that allows our country to thrive and evolve. Dismantling this discriminatory ban brings our state and nation closer to our founding ideals of fairness, justice and liberty. We will continue to fight for equality for all Arizonans and oppose any efforts to unravel today's historic victory."

"Today we celebrate the court's recognition that every individual in Arizona has the freedom to marry the person they love. We hope that Attorney General Tom Horne will honor the court's ruling and allow marriage licenses to be issued immediately."

The ACLU of Arizona, as a founding member of Why Marriage Matters Arizona, will be taking part in the coalition's celebratory events in Phoenix and Tucson this evening:

  • Tucson: Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. at 6 p.m.
  • Phoenix: Southwest Conference UCC, 917 E. Sheridan St. at 6 p.m.