Arizona governor demands removal of gay couple benefits

Jan Brewer is requesting the Supreme Court reverse a ruling that gave benefits, including health insurance, to same-sex partners of state employees

Arizona governor demands removal of gay couple benefits
11 July 2012

Arizona’s governor wants to do away with same-sex partner benefits.

Republican lawmaker Jan Brewer filed a petition on 2 July (Monday) to the Supreme Court to reverse a September 2011 ruling that gave health benefits to same-sex partners who are state employees.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in Diaz vs Brewers that benefits could not be refused based on sexual orientation.

The plaintiffs, all state employees in same-sex domestic partnerships, demonstrated their partners would endure ’emotional and physical hardship’ if their benefits were removed.

Brewer’s petition comes three months after the Ninth Circuit Court denied a request by Arizona lawmakers to revisit the ruling.

Brewer, who is also responsible for Arizona’s law that makes it a crime for an immigrant in the state to not carry registration documents, signed a law in 2009 to remove same-sex partners from employees’ health plans.

In 2008, Brewer’s predecessor Janet Napolitano made an executive order to approve benefits for the partners of state employees.

Lambda Legal, one of America’s largest LGBT organizations, is representing the nine plaintiffs.



No thumbnail available

David Arquette says transgender sister Alexis Arquette became 'cattier' after transition

' I love her, I love her sort of diva-ness – it comes out'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Exploitation of ‘dancing boys’ in Afghanistan exposed

Washington Post reports on the rising practice of men keeping teenage boys as sex slaves and dancers in Afghanistan
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Gay vicar outed live on British TV

‘I suppose it was bound to come out eventually,’ Reverend Sally Hitchiner said after the interview
No thumbnail available

Alabama minister arrested after trying to perform gay marriage

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples
No thumbnail available

Travel money essentials for pride

Sponsored editorial: Holidaymakers travelling to Pride can make their travel money go further by being savvy, says Travelex. The foreign currency specialist has put together its top traveller tips to help those heading abroad for Pride avoid the classic holiday money pitfalls
No thumbnail available

Valentino: Master of Couture opens in London

Somerset House celebrates Valentino's 50th anniversary as a designer with a retrospective of his work
No thumbnail available

French Conservatives demand referendum on gay marriage

In a recent survey, over 80% of right-wing French people want a nationwide vote to decide whether parliament should proceed with marriage equality
No thumbnail available

Morocco expels two topless women over gay kiss protest

Two French women posed topless, kissed and painted In Gay We Trust on their chests