Court Requires AZ To Recognize Same Sex Couple's Marriage

By Carrie Jung
Published: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:24pm

A U.S. district court judge has ruled in favor of a gay man in Arizona who was denied death benefits after losing his husband to cancer. The ruling only applies to this particular case.

Friday’s decision allows Fred McQuire to be listed as spouse on the death certificate of his husband George Martinez. Something his lawyers say will make it easier for him to qualify for federal death benefits.

U.S. district judge John Sedwick presided over the case. He’s the same judge who is slated to rule on two other Arizona same sex marriage cases.  Jeremy Zegas, with Why Marriage Matters Arizona, said Friday’s decision bodes well for the future.

"We believe that the judge did the right thing and that their marriage is now legally recognized in Arizona, in their home state," said Zegas. "And Fred is not going to be denied some of the benefits that he needs and so rightfully deserves."

Lawyers representing state in this case say the request should have been rejected arguing it could open the doors for others to make similar requests.

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