Arizona appeals on same-sex partner benefits
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is again appealing a ruling that same-sex partners of state government workers are entitled to health care benefits provided to opposite-sex couples.
Gov. Jan Brewer's office on Tuesday announced it is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to have a larger panel review the issue.
A 2009 law signed by Brewer repealed the same-sex benefits granted in 2008 under the administration of her predecessor, Janet Napolitano.
Gay and lesbian state workers sued, and a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect, ruling that it appeared to be unconstitutional.
A three-judge 9th Circuit panel agreed in a Sept. 6 ruling that denying same-sex partners the benefits would violate equal protection provisions of the Constitution.
Brewer's office says elected officials' control over state finances is at stake.
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