Federal Judge Recognizes One Same-Sex Marriage in Arizona

Source: Why Marriage Matters Arizona, Sept. 12, 2014

Following the death of George Martinez, one of the plaintiffs challenging Arizona’s marriage ban, Lambda Legal filed an emergency motion on behalf of his husband Fred McQuire – urging the court to grant legal recognition of their marriage.

Today, a federal judge heard Fred’s motion – and we are happy to report that Judge Sedwick did the right thing. Fred and George’s marriage is now legally recognized in Arizona – and Fred will not be denied survivor benefits that he needs and so rightfully deserves.

It’s tragic that George would not live to see the day when his marriage of more than 45 years would be recognized in the state they called home. But at least Fred can find some solace in this most difficult time, knowing that he will be afforded the protections and respect only marriage can provide.

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