As of 2001, homosexual activity in Arizona is no longer a crime. Arizona repealed its sodomy laws.
Recognition of Same-Sex Couples
Arizona does not recognize same-sex couples and does not recognize marriages of same-sex couples in other states. So, employers do not give insurance benefits to the partners of LGBT individuals.
However, since 2008, the domestic partner federal employees of Arizona have been receiving employment benefits.
Adoption and Parenting Rights
Arizona does not discriminate against individuals adopting children. However, preference is given to married couples that consist of a man and a woman. Arizona believes that is in the best interest of the child.
As of 2003, generally, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited in public employment only. But the counties of Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, and Tempe protects against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for all jobs.
However, in 2013, Arizona State Senate passed SB1045, which permits business owners to discriminate against transgender individuals. The bill essentially permits business owners to restrict bathroom access to gender-specific facilities based on a person’s gender identity.
Arizona only protects sexual orientation; it does not protect against gender identity (i.e. transgender individuals).
Arizona does perform gender reassignment surgeries. They will only issue new birth certificates to individuals who have successfully completed the reassignment surgery.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you believe your rights have been violated, please contact a civil rights lawyer. Your lawyer will aid you in filing the necessary complaints and obtaining your legal rights.