Christian conservative group the
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Arizona in a federal
case challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.
According to the Arizona
Capitol Times, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
named ADF lawyers special assistant attorneys general for the case.
A brief filed on Thursday in Connolly
v. Roche lists 4 lawyers from the ADF, who argue the state's ban
is justified because gay couples cannot reproduce without a third
“Only man-woman couples are capable
of furthering the state's interest in linking children to both of
their biological parents,” the brief states. Gay couples cannot
“advance that compelling state interest” because they “can
never provide a child with both her biological mother and her
The ADF used similar arguments last
year when it represented a group of roughly two dozen GOP lawmakers
defending New Mexico's ban. The New Mexico Supreme Court struck down
the ban in December.