Same-sex couples in Arizona file suit over state gay marriage ban

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 1:03 PM

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples and two people whose same-sex partners had died, was the latest of a series of lawsuits across the nation challenging such state bans.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Scott Malone)