Today, October 17, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedgwick ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Arizona in a federal legal case that challenged the state’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment.
Judge Sedgwick also refused to place a stay on his decision, meaning marriages could begin almost immediately.
Arizona geographically falls under the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which recently ruled in favor of mariage equality in both Idaho and Nevada. Arizona’s Attorney General has said that he will decide on Monday, October 20 whether or not he will appeal the ruling. Given the 9th Circuit’s prior rulings, it is highly unlikely that any appeal would be successful.