Majors v. Jeanes (formerly Majors v. Horne)

Take action and meet our plaintiffs (including Karen and Nelda, pictured above) at our Love Unites US: Arizona campaign hub.


Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of seven same-sex Arizona couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples arguing that Arizona’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  Plaintiffs argue that Arizona’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage violates their right to equal treatment and freedom to marry, as protected by the U.S. Constitution.  This discriminatory system stigmatizes same-sex couples and their families, and treats them as inferior.


  • March 13, 2014 Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Perkins Coie LLP, files the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
  • September 2014 Lambda Legal filed emergency papers asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to order the State of Arizona to provide an accurate death certificate to Fred McQuire for his husband, George Martinez.

Case Information

Status: Open


Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey; David Larance and Kevin Patterson; Michelle Teichner and Barbara Morrissey; Kathy and Jessica Young; Kelli Olson and Jennifer Hoelfe Olson; Kent Burbank and Vicente Talanquer; C.J. and Jesús Castro-Byrd; Patrick Ralph; and Josefina Ahumada


Lambda Legal
Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel
Carmina Ocampo, Staff Attorney
Joshua J. Johnson, Staff Attorney

Perkins Coie LLP
Paul Eckstein
Daniel C. Barr
Kirsten Eidenbach
Alexis Danneman