The Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce plans a holiday party. PLUS: An event at Community Church of Hope and lights and festivals during the holidays.
An LGBT concert band and choruses will stage concerts. PLUS: More music for the season
Seasonal stage productions range from the traditional to the edgy. PLUS: A Christmas Carol is a favorite on Valley stages and more holiday theater.
The Nutcracker is a Ballet Arizona holiday tradition. PLUS: More dance performances.
Julian Melson educates about the trans community and helps others understand themselves.
Trudie Jackson is an advocate for the trans and Native American communities.
Five Arizona communities offer couples a way to declare their relationships.
Echo managing editor Glenn Gullickson reflects on reporting the news this year.
Hans Pedersen lists the best movies of the year.
Cait Brennan picks the 10 best musical efforts of the year.
Echo's 26 covers from 2013 reflect the community's range of interests.
New Mexico court rules for marriage equality
Organization prepares to implement policy that lifts the ban on openly gay members.
LGBT bars are venue for Christmas Eve services. PLUS: An annual bar event celebrates New Year's Day.
A weekend of events will include the annual Mister Phoenix Leather contest.
A Valley man writes the story of his life as a movie screenplay.
Cottonwood City Council approves civil unions
Mark Ogle dines at St. Francis in Phoenix.
Previews of American Hustle and Mandela: Long Walk Home. PLUS: Reviews of Saving Mr. Banks in theaters and Naked As We Came on video on demand.
David-Elijah Nahmod lists the hits and misses of 2013 on television.
Mamma Mia! comes to ASU Gammage. Sing-a-Long-a Grease will be screened at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Reviews of new music by Sky Ferreira, Bastille and Celine Dion.
A review of Lawfully Wedded Husband. PLUS: Bob Lind reviews Best Gay Stories 2013.
Lawrence Robinson seeks to create a diverse coalition in his bid for the Phoenix City Council from District 8
Austin Head is a different kind of candidate for Phoenix City Council from District 4.
Karlene Koegh Parks promises change on the Phoenix City Council if she defeats Sal DiCiccio in District 4.
David Lujan says his experience will help him stand out in a crowded field of candidates for the Phoenix City Council from District 4.
Virgel Cain campaigns for Phoenix City Council from District 2.
Jeffrey Brown seeks Phoenix City Council seat from District 4.
Voters have a chance to elect LGBT candidates and allies to the Phoenix City Council.
Group ends campaign for 2014 marriage equality measure
Equal Marriage Arizona reassesses its plans to put same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. PLUS: Legal experts say the courts could eventually decide the marriage issue nationally.
The Human Rights Campaign expresses concerns about an effort to put marriage equality on the 2014 ballot. PLUS: Equal Marriage Arizona's ballot language is questioned.
Partisan politics could have an impact on an effort to get marriage equality on the 2014 ballot. PLUS: An interview with Equal Marriage Arizona campaign consultant Tim Mooney.
An Echo Magazine special report examines who's behind the effort to put marriage equality on the ballot in Arizona PLUS: The obstacle course that the initiative effort will have to navigate.
Working toward equality
Arizona could vote on marriage equality next year if a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot is successful.
Kate Gallego promises to be an ally to the LGBT community if she's elected to the Phoenix City Council from District 8
Gay candidates defeated in Phoenix City Counsel election
Laura Pastor says her experience as a teacher prepares her for a seat on the Phoenix City Council.
Justin Johnson demonstrates support for LGBT community during campaign for the Phoenix City Council.
Voters will make history as they select candidates in the general election.
Paul Penzone says he's 'David' taking on 'Goliath' Joe Arpaio in the race for Maricopa County sheriff.
Lilia Alvarez seeks a seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Carolyn Lane seeks re-election as constable, a job that's under the radar and at the end of the ballot.
Krysten Sinema is among the candidates who have won the right to advance to the general election.
Karyn Lathan campaigns for the state House from an East Valley district.
Lawrence Robinson seeks a seat on the Roosevelt School Board.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire leads the campaign for marriage equality in her state and campaigns for President Obama in Phoenix.
Dr. Richard Carmona talks about why he wants to go to D.C. and outlines his views on LGBT and other issues.
First term state House member wants to move to the Senate.
Former state lawmaker would make history if elected to U.S. House.
Phoenix earns perfect score in HRC Equality Index
Teen LGBT anti-bullying advocate indicted on sex charges
Senate approves ENDA; McCain and Flake vote with majority
Sedona passes Civil Unions
Coalition launches marriage equality education campaign
Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits nationally
Brewer loses effort to strip benefits for LGBT state employees' partners
U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Strike down DOMA, Prop 8
Tucson approves civil unions
Campaign launched for 2014 Arizona vote on marriage equality
Minnesota becomes 12th state to offer marriage equality
Minnesota House puts state on path toward marriage equality
Delaware becomes 11th state to approve marriage equality
Horne says he won't oppose revised Bisbee ordinance
Phoenix Mercury draft pick Brittney Griner is out
Community mourns the passing of Bob Hegyi
Bisbee's civil union ordinance may be challenged by state
'Bathroom bill' targeting transgender community advances in Arizona Legislature
Arizona House committee postpones bathroom bill
Arizona House committee to consider bathroom bill
Phoenix City Council approves LGBT non-discrimination ordinance
Vigil at the Arizona Capitol to honor victims of bullying
LGBT groups celebrate Obama'a marriage equality stance
Phoenix City Council considers LGBT non-discrimination ordinances
State senator introduces equality legislation
Phoenix Pride seeks new executive director after Brandi Sokolosky announces resignation
Tom Simplot won't seek re-election to Phoenix City Council
Carol Poore resigns as Southwest Center president and CEO
U.S. Supreme Court decides it will consider marriage equality cases
Police officer claims assistant chief interfered with supervision of LGBT liaisons
Phoenix Pride acquires Rainbows Festival
Maricopa Community Colleges include gender identity in non-discrimination policy
New Mexico court rules for marriage equality
By Glenn Gullickson - Dec 19, 2013 12:01 pm
New Mexico has become the 17th equality after the state Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage.
The court ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.
The ruling released Dec. 19 said:
"Prohibiting same-gender marriages is not substantially related to the governmental interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage or to the purposes we have identified. Therefore, barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law."
The case went to the court after eight of the state's 33 county clerks started issuing licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year. New Mexico does not have laws that prohibit or authorize gay marriage, but applications had traditionally had sections for males and females.
New Mexico becomes the eighth state to approve marriage equality in 2013. Legislative action this year approved marriage equality in Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, Hawaii and Illinois. A court ruling allowed same-sex marriage in New Jersey. And in California, same-sex marriages resumed after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8.
Same-sex marriage is also allowed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maine and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.