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Updated Apr 2, 2014 - 8:36 am

Court urged to delay merging Arizona gay marriage cases

PHOENIX — Attorneys for plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits
challenging Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court to
hold off on combining the suits into one case.

A motion filed last week in federal court in one of the cases said they should
be consolidated. It said the cases involved the same legal issues and that
consolidation would save time and effort.

However, a response by attorneys in the case filed first said their case is
further along and that the court should defer any decision on consolidation
until the first case’s initial motions are done.

It also said there are differences in the cases, including that they share only
one common defendant.

The two cases are now assigned to different judges.

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