Lawsuit filed to challenge Arizona same-sex marriage ban

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A federal lawsuit was filed on Thursday on behalf of seven same-sex couples and two survivors of domestic partnerships.

The lawsuit seeks to challenge Arizona's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples are denied marriage and legal recognition in Arizona.

The lawsuit claims the constitutional rights of these couples are being violated. They want Arizona to legally recognize LGBT couples who get married in other states.

Medical authority for their partners, and legal decisions for their children, are two of the main concerns.

"We've been raising our son and I've been his parent this whole time. And yet I am not recognized legally by the state as his parent," said Cathy Young, one of the plaintiffs named in the suit, at a press conference Thursday. "So if something were to happen to Jess, it would really concern me that I couldn't care for him."

The lawsuit has been in the works for some time, and lawyers for the plaintiffs say the timing has nothing to do with SB-1062, the controversial bill recently vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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