Gay state workers keep benefits until trial

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September 7, 2011

"Arizona cannot cancel the insurance benefits for the domestic partners of state and university workers who are gay, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

"In a unanimous opinion, the three-judge panel agreed with the state that it is not obligated to provide health insurance for its workers or their families.

"...Tara Borelli, an attorney for the Lambda Legal, said the appellate judges recognized the unfairness to gays of what the Legislature did.

"'The law's been set up now in this terrible 'gotcha' for same sex couples,' she said."