Arizona Couples Sue For Marriage Equality

Four gay couples in Arizona have filed a lawsuit in federal court to strike down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A lawsuit filed Monday named Governor Jan Brewer, state attorney general Tom Horne and Maricopa County Superior Count clerk Michael Jeanes as defendants.

Two of the couples married in California, but Arizona's constitution prevents the state from recognizing their unions. The lawsuit contends the state's constitutional amendment violates the U.S. Constitution, citing the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor v. U.S., invalidating the portion of DOMA that kept the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

"We’re saying, ‘Look, follow that rationale and make the same declaration as to the law in Arizona,’” Shawn Aiken, one of the attorneys representing the couples, told The Arizona Republic. “It’s that simple." Simple indeed, especially when two of the couples are raising kids.