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Arizona gay couple want judge to OK marriage

PHOENIX — A gay couple from southern Arizona wants a federal judge to
immediately order the state to recognize their marriage because one of the men
is terminally ill.

Lawyers for George Martinez and Fred McQuire of Green Valley say the order is
needed so McQuire can be recognized as Martinez’s survivor when he dies. That
will allow him to take care of his affairs and collect larger Veterans Affairs
and other benefits.

The men have been a couple for 45 years and were married in California last
month after Martinez was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The men are parties to a lawsuit filed in March by a group of gay and lesbian
couples who argue Arizona’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. It is one
of two suits challenging the ban.

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