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Arizona: Ethics panel says judges must perform all weddings, including gay nuptials

PHOENIX, Arizona -- The Arizona Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee issued an opinion telling judges they may not refuse to marry same-sex couples if they perform opposite-sex marriages.

The committee wrote a three-page opinion in a question and answer format and a more detailed explanation of the ruling.

The opinion says turning away only same sex couples is a violation of the judicial conduct rule forbidding “bias” or “prejudice” based on sexual orientation.

Religious objections from the judge do not matter if he or she performs opposite-sex marriages.

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