Suit seeks to keep domestic partner benefits

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November 17, 2009


"Gay and lesbian state and university workers filed suit Tuesday to overturn a law that takes away their domestic partner benefits.

"The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix claims the move amounts to a violation of constitutional protections that guarantee equal treatment of all individuals. Specifically, attorney Tara Borelli of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said denying benefits to gay workers that are available to others amounts to paying them less for the same work.

"'These gay and lesbian state workers just want the same thing that workers at the next desk, in the next patrol car, get,' she said."