"Four gay couples in Arizona began the courtroom battle of changing another red state’s marriage laws.
"In a federal class-action lawsuit filed Monday, plaintiffs argue Arizona’s 17-year-old ban on same-sex marriage violates gay couples’ constitutional rights to equal protection and due process under the 14th Amendment.
"Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, however, one of the named defendants in the suit, has so far been no friend to the gay community in her state. Last year, Brewer defended a law passed by the Arizona legislature that would have prevented same-sex couples from getting benefits given to heterosexual spouses of state employees. The law was put on hold following a legal challenge, but Brewer asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case and allow it to go into effect. Her appeal was denied."