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Culture and Society: May 25, 2004

Arizona Decides Same-Sex Marriage License

Arizona Supreme Court agrees with ADF:Same-sex “marriage” license case has been decided - No reason to grant review of the case, court says - Alliance Defence Fund

PHOENIX—The Supreme Court of Arizona decided today not to hear Standhardt v. Arizona, a same-sex “marriage” case brought by two single men who were denied a marriage license. The Arizona Court of Appeals dismissed the suit on October 8, 2003, and the homosexual partners sought Supreme Court review.

This is a fantastic victory in the defense of marriage. We are extremely pleased at the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision not to hear this case. Arizona’s marriage laws are clear, the Arizona Court of Appeals understood that, and now the Supreme Court has agreed. The plaintiffs simply had no case,” said Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund.

ADF represented Arizona State Senator Mark Anderson as a friend of the court. ADF filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Arizona on February 11 arguing that Harold Donald Standhardt and Tod Alan Keltner, the men denied a marriage license, misrepresented the law, that the radical Massachusetts Goodridge opinion does not control Arizona law, and that there is no national “trend” toward same-sex marriage.

Although the majority of Americans consistently oppose same-sex ‘marriage,’ homosexual activists have filed lawsuit after lawsuit in an attempt to find radical judges who will tear down democratically enacted laws and impose a radical, nation-changing agenda on an unwilling public,” McCaleb said. “ADF-funded lawyers continue to work overtime in the highly complex legal battle to preserve traditional marriage across the country.”

ADF is a legal alliance of more than 700 attorneys defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

Posted by tim at May 25, 2004 9:25 PM

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