Appeals court upholds same-sex benefits in Arizona

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September 7, 2011

"A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Arizona must continue for now to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of state government workers.

"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a temporary block on a controversial 2009 state law that sought to strip health coverage for gay and lesbian domestic partners of Arizona employees.

"...'Today's decision means Arizona's lesbian and gay state employees will not suddenly find themselves without vital family health coverage,' said Tara Borelli, a Lambda Legal attorney who argued the case before the court."