Same-Sex Weddings Could Bring $54 Million to Arizona's Economy, Study Shows

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A study released this week argues that the legalization of same-sex marriage--and through it, the increased number of same-sex weddings--will bring an additional $54 million to Arizona's economy each year.

The study, conducted by the personal finance group NerdWallet, also found that same-sex marriage would bring more than $2.5 billion dollars to the national economy.

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AZ Clerks Objecting to Gay Marriage Urged by Religious Right Not to Issue Licenses

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A couple marries outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Arizona's legalization of same-sex marriage last Friday has led to a drastic increase in the number of marriage licenses issued, but one conservative group argues that clerks opposed to same-sex marriage shouldn't have to take part in issuing them.

In the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office, 292 marriage licenses were issued on Friday and another 184 were issued Monday, a representative says. The office averages only 98 license requests per day, making Friday's numbers almost three times higher than normal and Monday's almost double. The office doesn't typically track the number of licenses it issues each day, but did so Friday and Monday because of heightened interest.

That interest hasn't been all positive.

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Phoenix-Area Religious Leaders Gather to Perform State's First Legal Gay Marriages

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Pastor Vernon Meyer of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ in Chandler, Rabbi Mari Chernow of Temple Chai in Phoenix, Rabbi Ilana Mills of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, and Reverend John Dorhauer of the United Church of Christ stand outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office ready to perform same-sex marriages.

Religious leaders from around the Valley gathered today in the courtyard outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office, holding signs that read: "We stand ready to MARRY YOU!"

The faith leaders volunteered to perform the county's first same-sex marriages through a campaign organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona, an organization that has been leading the push for marriage equality in the state. Clergy members from across the state--with Why Marriage Matters' signs in hand--eagerly awaited this morning's historic victory. When the call came that today was the day, volunteers headed to as many marriage-licensing offices as they could to perform ceremonies for the couples who showed up.

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Equality Group Calls on Tom Horne to Step Aside, Stop Defending State's Gay-Marriage Ban

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Local marriage equality advocates are calling on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to step aside and stop defending the state's ban on gay marriage.

Why Marriage Matters Arizona delivered more than 5,100 signed petitions to the Attorney General's office yesterday. "The petition calls on him to stop standing on the wrong side of history and stop standing in the way of allowing loving, committed couples to marry," says Jeremy Zegas, project director for the organization.

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Arizona Latino Leaders Announce Support for Same-Sex Marriage

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Latino leaders Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Edmundo Hidalgo, Steve Gallardo, Eva Montelongo, Dolores Huerta, Danny Ortega, Mark Mazon, and Alessandra Soler at the announcement yesterday.
Latino leaders from across the state kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing their support for marriage equality.

The central Phoenix gathering was organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona, a coalition founded a year ago by the ACLU of Arizona, Equality Arizona, Freedom to Marry, and the Human Rights Campaign. The event coincided with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

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Arizona Couples Competing in ACLU's "My Big Gay Illegal Wedding" Contest

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Fifteen Arizona couples are competing in a contest hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union, in which couples can win money for a wedding in a state that recognizes gay marriage.

The couples have to be from a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriages to participate in the "My Big Gay Illegal Wedding" contest, and about 200 couples from across the country have entered.

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Gay Marriage Group Stops Effort to Get "Equal Marriage" on Arizona Ballots in 2014

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The group that tried to gather signatures to get gay marriage on Arizona ballots in 2014 has called it quits.

In recent weeks, it surfaced that major funding sources for Equal Marriage Arizona had pulled out. Now, it's ending the campaign.

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