Suit seeks to keep Ariz. domestic partner benefits

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November 17, 2009


"Lambda Legal, an advocacy group based in New York, filed a federal lawsuit in Phoenix on Tuesday on behalf of 10 state employees protesting the elimination of their benefits. The employees work for the Arizona Highway Patrol, the State Department of Game and Fish and state universities.

"...Tara Borelli, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said HB 2013 violates the section of the U.S. Constitution requiring the government to treat all people equally.

"'The basic concept here is really clear: The equal protection clause does not have a gay exception,' Borelli said. 'This is about equal treatment in the workplace.'"