Friday, October 17, 2014
Arizona same-sex couples are lining up to get marriage licenses after Attorney General Tom Horne announced this morning he will not appeal the court ruling striking down Arizona's marriage restriction.
The marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states are also now legal in Arizona.
Horne said there is "zero" chance of a successful appeal and so legal ethics dictated he drop any appeal of the 9th Circuit court's ruling.
Horne has issued a letter instructing county clerks to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.
"Effective immediately, the clerks of Arizona county superior courts cannot deny a marriage license to any otherwise eligible licensees on the grounds that the license permits a marriage between persons of the same sex," Horne wrote in his letter.
Arizona now becomes the 31st state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
County clerks were at various stages of readiness for couples who have been anticipating the ruling.
Maricopa County clerk's offices quickly began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at all of its locations. Some locations already had couples waiting in lobbies as Horne made the announcement, Deputy Clerk of the Maricopa County Superior Court Chris Kelly said.
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