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Judge: Arizona Can’t Stop Treating Gay State Employees Like Crap

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick on Friday ruled an Arizona law that killed domestic partnership benefits for gay state employees isn’t kosher — and issued a preliminary injunction that forces the state to continue making payments.

By:           John Rogers
On:           Jul 25, 2010
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  • 7 Comments
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      Uhmmm….your headline makes no sense whatsoever.

      Perhaps you meant to say:

      “Judge: Arizona MUST Stop Treating Gay State Employees Like Crap”

      OR

      “Judge: Arizona Can’t CONTINUE Treating Gay State Employees Like Crap”

      The judge ruled the “treat gay employees like crap” was illegal; your headline makes it seem otherwise.

      Jul 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james_from_the_great_city_of_cambridge
      james_from_the_great_city_of_cambridge

      Arizona; in a race to the bottom with Iran to see who could be crueler & more oppressive. Mississippi, you are no longer the dumb-ass Capitol of the United States! Congratulations!!

      Jul 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mac McNeill
      Mac McNeill

      I would say that Arizona and Nevada is the co-owners of the dumb-ass award.

      Jul 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John (CA)
      John (CA)

      @Mac McNeill:

      Nevada is not Arizona.

      Since the early 1990s, a steady stream of migration from the West Coast – the population has increased threefold – has made it far more liberal than it was before.

      Nevada bans discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment and public accommodations. It also has a domestic partnership law that grants same-sex couples all of the rights of marriage at the state level. Most of the big employers in Nevada (i.e. the casinos) offer insurance benefits for domestic partners as well.

      Jul 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Guys, guys: Utah.

      Jul 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      @Mike in Asheville: I’m guessing the headline is referencing the fact that this dispute is over domestic partnership benefits and not marriage benefits. I.e., Arizona can’t treat their gays any worse than second-class citizens.

      Jul 26, 2010 at 7:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eagledancer
      eagledancer

      I’m living in Arizona…this was a “big” deal because it was to impact the employees of State Universities here–and let’s face it, the university/college system is pretty much all we’ve got going for us with all the awful things going on here. This was billed as an attempt to “save” money by cutting off support of such things as a partern’s health benefits, rather than being homophobic. Right–and the Anti-Immigrant law isn’t about being racist…

      Jul 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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