Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Arizona. While a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by the Arizona state legislature in 1996 and upheld by voters in 2008, the law was struck down by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick on October 17, 2014, making same-sex marriage legal for Arizonans.
The state of Arizona did not challenge the ruling initially, but filed appeals twice in 2015, but were denied both times. Prior to the ruling, several Arizona cities allowed same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions.
What About Married Same-Sex Couples Who Move to Arizona?
There are over 1,000 federal benefits tied to marriage. Some of the benefits are triggered by where you were married, and some triggered by where you currently live. For the benefits triggered by where you got married, Arizona same-sex couples should receive those benefits, but some aspects remain in a gray area.
Additionally, gay Arizonans who legally wed to foreigners in other states will be able to use their status to gain a visa and a path to citizenship for their spouses living in Arizona.
Do You Have Question About Marriage in Arizona?
If you have questions regarding same-sex marriage or benefits in Arizona, call the family law team at JacksonWhite today.
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