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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man whose longtime partner recently died went to court on Friday to ask a federal judge to grant him death benefits.

Fred McQuire is challenging Arizona’s ban on gay marriage. He and his partner of 45 years got married in California, but Arizona does not recognize the union.

The case has illustrated the patchwork of laws on gay marriage across the country as judges have been striking down bans on gay marriage while states like Arizona have remained steadfast in opposing same-sex weddings.

McQuire’s partner, George Martinez, died of cancer this summer, and he is unable to get Social Security and veterans benefits because of Arizona’s gay marriage ban.

The judge is expected to rule on the issue Friday.

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