Equality for all

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by Jessica Snyder

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In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ruled same-sex marriage legal on Fri. Oct. 17. The new law went into effect immediately and many lined up at the courthouse downtown to become part of history. “All people are created equal and should be treated equal. I agree with the ruling. Should have happened long ago,” Deb Tierney, Arizona resident, said. The Rainbow Festival put on by Phoenix Pride Oct 18 and 19 quickly announced that wedding ceremonies would take place at 1 p.m. both days. Many same-sex couples wed at the event in front of family, friends and supporters of the new law. “I think that it’s great that people of the same-sex are finally able to get married. Even if I am not in a relationship, it’s nice to know that I have that right just like everyone else does,” Bernard Mercado, Glendale Community College student, said. This new decision bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 Arizona Law as well as a 2008 voter-approved amendment to the Arizona constitution outlawing same-sex marriage. Attorney General Tom Horne has no intention of appealing the decision of Judge Sedwick and ordered county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses immediately. “It’s as it should be. I think everyone should have the right to marry if they wish. It’s no one’s business but the couple,” Brittney Reed, Glendale resident, said.