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posted Friday, June 28, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 26
Another Supreme Court victory - Arizona governor loses appeal on domestic partner benefits
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Another Supreme Court victory - Arizona governor loses appeal on domestic partner benefits

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Supreme Court on June 27 refused to review the appeal of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who wants to strip state employees of domestic partner benefits. The Human Rights Campaign reacted via press release:

'After the landmark decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued orders today declining to review the remaining LGBT equality cases on its docket this term. Most significantly, the Court dismissed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's petition to overturn the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Brewer v. Diaz, in which that court concluded that Arizona violated the constitutional rights of LGBT Arizona state employees when it passed a law stripping them of their domestic partner benefits in 2009. Lambda Legal filed suit on behalf of 10 state employees and their families.

'Yesterday's victories at the Supreme Court thrilled LGBT people across the country, but it also reminded those living in many states of the inequality they and their families continue to face,' said HRC President Chad Griffin. 'Today's order brings Arizonans a step closer to enjoying the equality that all Americans deserve and that we are all committed to ensuring for everyone, everywhere. We congratulate Lambda Legal and their courageous plaintiffs in their successful fight against the callous discrimination of their elected officials.'

The justices also refused to hear Lambda Legal's bid to overturn Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal had appealed a U.S. District Court ruling directly to the Supreme Court in an attempt to bypass the Ninth Circuit, where the case will now be tried.

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