Sedona Times: Arizona Marriage Equality Conversation

By Sedona Times

Sedona, AZ – On Friday, June 27, 2014, a community conversation discusses the role of a fair and impartial judiciary as a Flagstaff couple takes their fight for marriage equality to court. Arizona Advocacy Network, a progressive, non-partisan civic engagement organization is hosting the happy hour event, The Fight for Marriage Equality in Arizona: Taking it to the Courts.

Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa and Meagan and Natalie Metz, Flagstaff, Arizona, residents and plaintiffs in Arizona’s marriage equality case, Connolly v Roche, will speak along with their attorney, Shawn Aiken.

This program is one of many in the Arizona Fair Courts and Judicial Diversity Project. Lead by Arizona Advocacy Network, Justice at Stake and Arizona Bar Associations, the goal is to strengthen Arizona’s merit selection system and courts with greater citizen involvement and qualified judges from diverse community backgrounds.

“By strengthening Arizona’s judicial merit selection system and increasing diversity on the bench, we protect Arizona’s fair and impartial courts,” said Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network. “In a post Citizen’s United environment, the merit system protects our courts from big money influences, which have undermined fair courts in other states.”

The courts are a safety net for many seeking justice, like Meagan and Natalie Metz. “As residents of Flagstaff, a community we love, Natalie and I want our marriage to be recognized. We know we can’t rely on current Arizona lawmakers to be fair but we have faith in our courts,” said Meagan Metz, adding, “There is an absolute need to keep our courts free from the influence of money and partisan attacks, to ensure they stay fair and impartial.”

The Fight for Marriage Equality in Arizona: Taking it to The Courts is June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at The Inn at 410, 410 North Leroux Street, Flagstaff. The event is free to the public with complimentary food and drinks.

Please RSVP to AZadvocacy.org or call 602-297-2500.

The original article is available here.