Arizona must provide health care benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees according to a ruling by the 9th Circuit.
Reuters has the report:
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.
In a 13-page opinion, the three-member appeals panel said such a law would go against the long-standing constitutional right to equal protection.
A New York-based legal advocacy group hailed the ruling as a major victory for same sex couples.
“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.
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