Arizona state workers stripped of partner benefits

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a budget Sept. 4 that, among other things, stripped away health coverage for state employees’ domestic partners.

Some legislators had been working to kill the benefit since former Gov.
Janet Napolitano approved it last year. Napolitano is now the federal secretary of homeland security.

“This is a cruel and cynical ploy by the far right to target and hurt the families of gay and lesbian state employees under the guise of cost-cutting,” said Tara Borelli, staff attorney for Lambda Legal. “The cutting of benefits pulls the rug out from underneath hardworking state employees and saves the state next to nothing.”

By Rex Wockner


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