Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (pictured), who is campaigning for governor, will appeal a judge’s ruling that halted the state from implementing HB 2013, which would bar the state from granting health benefits to the partners of gay employees, which costs Arizona about $3 million of its $625 million budget to provide benefits to all state employees. Says Gov. Jan Brewer’s office: “We are appealing the preliminary injunction because we disagree with the federal court’s initial injunction ruling and we believe the legislature has the ultimate authority to make state employee benefit decisions.”

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