Arizona

Relationships

NO
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?

No. The state constitution prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. Amended in 2008 to read: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." See Arizona Const. art. 30, §1.

NO
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
Miscellaneous
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?

No statewide recognition, but some local domestic partnership registries are available, including for example, in Phoenix and Tucson.

The state constitution prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. Amended in 2008 to read: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. See Arizona Const. art. 30, §1.

State statute prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. See Arizona Revised Statutes § 25-101..

Workplace

NO
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
NO
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gendeidentity and/or gender expression?
Miscellaneous
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

Governor Janet Napolitano issued an executive order in 2003 banning discrimination based on sexual orientation for state employees. See Executive Order 2003-22. However, Arizona does not have a statewide law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. See Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 41-1463.

NO
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?

All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference." 

Parenting

Miscellaneous
Who may adopt?

Any adult. See Ariz. Rev. Stat. §8-103.

Miscellaneous
Second-parent adoptions:

Not yet permitted.

Consideration of bisexuality (among many other factors) approved in denial of pre-adoption certification in In re Appeal in Pima County Juvenile Action B-10489, 727 P.2d 830 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1986).

Bullying

YES
Does state law prohibit bullying in public schools?
YES
Does the law include cyberbullying?
NO
Does the law specifically mention sexual orientation?
NO
Does the law specifically mention gender identity?
NO
Does the law also apply to private, non-religious schools?
YES
Is there a state antidiscrimination law that applies (or may apply) to schools?

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-341 (2012)

“Don’t Say Gay” Law:

“No district shall include in its course of study instruction which: promotes a homosexual life-style; portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style; or suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”  Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-716 (2012) (“Instruction on acquired immune deficiency syndrome; department assistance”)

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