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Ariz. Gay Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court

A group of same-sex couples in Arizona are challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The group is arguing that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The suit was filed in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples as well as two people whose same-sex partners had died, Reuters reports.

It is the latest in a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.

Arizona's SB 1062 Vetoed, What Does it Mean For Phoenix Marriages?

Now that Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the marriage industry in Phoenix will have to serve same-sex couples that want to celebrate their domestic partnerships, even if it's against their religious beliefs.

SB 1062 sought to allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples based on their religious beliefs. Governor Brewer thought that bill was broadly worded and if passed, could have negative consequences for the state, according to CNN.

With the bill off the table, what are Phoenix's public accommodation laws and how will businesses be impacted?