Friday, July 23, 2010

Judge: State of Arizona can't cancel benefits of gay employees

"Calling it illegal discrimination, a federal judge has blocked the state from cancelling insurance benefits for the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state and university employees. In an order issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick rejected arguments by attorneys for the state that there is nothing unfair in the law, approved by legislators last year and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. They called it a 'neutral policy' that treats all unmarried employees equally," reports East Valley Tribune. "Judge Sedwick acknowledged that the provision, tucked into the state budget, is not discriminatory on its face. What that means, Sedwick said, is the state is making benefits for the partners of its employees available on terms that are a legal impossibility for gay and lesbian couples." READ MORE