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Two Arizona women were in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to tell the story of their relationship as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on California’s same-sex marriage ban.
The two Arizonans say the justices’ decision could impact residents of this state.
Scottsdale residents Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors have been in a relationship for 55 years. They have raised two children and feel they aren't very different from other families.
In an interview, Bailey said the two think they deserve to have their same-sex relationship recognized legally just as their heterosexual friends' relationships.
A decision to uphold or overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriages may affect their relationship’s status in Arizona, said Bailey, speaking by phone from Washington after the arguments.
"What it would mean is that possibly Arizona would start listening, they would know that the law had been passed, and if they still, I’ve heard that states that still refuse there could possibly be lawsuits for the state," she said.
Proponents of the California law argue this should be a state issue, decided by individual states, said Andrew Pugno, the lead counsel for proponents who want the law upheld.
"Our position all along has been that the political process - that means state-by-state, states deciding for themselves - that that’s the forum where this debate belongs and that this is not something that should be imposed by the judiciary, by the courts," Pugno said at a news conference after the arguments.