STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement in response to a federal judge’s ruling that Arizona’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional:
"Today's historic decision is a victory for equality and for love in Arizona. Finally, anyone can marry the person with whom they choose to spend their life," said Sen. Gallardo. "This is a huge step in the fight for equality, but there is much more to be done before we attain true equality under Arizona law.
"We must pass an employment non-discrimination act, which I have introduced for years, to protect gay Arizonans from workplace discrimination. We almost must protect our gay and lesbian students from bullying, who every day endure harassment and attacks at school. And we must repeal our hateful policy that puts same-sex couples at the back of the line for adoptions. Every Arizonan deserves the right to not only marry who they love, but succeed on their merits at work and adopt a child into a loving home."