Court hears arguments on Arizona law ending domestic partner benefits

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February 15, 2011

"An Arizona law removing domestic partner benefits for state employees discriminates against same-sex couples because they can't get married to qualify, an attorney argued Monday before an appeals court panel.

"'It requires gays and lesbians to go to work every day with the humiliating message that they are not equal,' said Tara Borelli, an attorney representing 10 same-sex couples suing over the change.

"A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over a U.S. District Court judge's August injunction that prevented the state from removing benefits from the same-sex partners of employees."