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Arizona wants appeals panel to allow state to drop gay partners healthcare

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said a federal appeals panel “got it wrong” and is again appealing a court ruling that same-sex partners of state government workers are entitled to the same health care benefits provided to opposite-sex couples.

On Sept. 6, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a temporary block on a controversial 2009 state law that sought to eliminate health coverage for gay and lesbian domestic partners of Arizona state employees.

Jan Brewer

The three-member appeals panel said such a law would go against the long-standing constitutional right to equal protection, but now Brewer wants the Court to have a larger panel review the issue.

Legal papers submitted on the governor’s behalf contend that a three-judge panel of the same court got it wrong when it concluded that it is illegal discrimination to provide health care and other benefits to the partners of married workers while refusing to do the same for same-sex couples. Assistant Attorney General Paula Grube said the state is allowed to make such differentiation.

Grube also brushed aside as legally irrelevant that Arizona voters permanently locked gay employees out of getting around the ban after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2008 limiting marriage to one man and one woman. In fact, she charged that the ruling of three-judge panel “attempts to indirectly invalidate Arizona’s marriage laws.”

The equal health coverage plan had been put in place in 2008 under former Gov. Janet Napolitano, now Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

But in a budget deal signed in 2009 by the current Governor, Jan Brewer, state lawmakers eliminated health coverage for the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state government employees, while retaining spousal benefits for heterosexual workers in a budget deal.

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52 more reader comments:

  1. ugly bitch inside and out

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:40pm
  2. Nooo! D:

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:40pm
  3. CUNT.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:41pm
  4. ugh, such assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:41pm
  5. old whore

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:42pm
  6. Wrong! I wouldn’t call her o/ of name, Gavin, but she is wrong none the less.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:42pm
  7. shitkicker state

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:42pm
  8. These people always fall back on the old hatreds when they lose a bit. I will share, we cannot let them make headway they are trying to implant wedge issues again. This is NOT an issue Arizona!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:43pm
  9. And she was in healthcare! Nasty woman.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:43pm
  10. How can you just take away there healthcare just cause of their orientation idk 100% about obamacare but everyone should have affordable health care or free and no not socialism

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:44pm
  11. why she dosn’ t give up her son healt care ??????pinche bruja !!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:46pm
  12. SMH. That a Lady is such a Judas Bitch. Get lose!! Never know her son or daugther will become gay. She will be feeling suck & guilty. SMH.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:47pm
  13. Pathetic! Hope they are enjoying their real-estate crash!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:50pm
  14. Fxck you, idiot~

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:50pm
  15. Hey Hey HO HO Homophobia got to go.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:50pm
  16. 14th amendment says no go

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:50pm
  17. Stupid bitch. Just give it up already.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:54pm
  18. I think SHE is what is/was wrong in healthcare! Now if she will get out of politics, PLEASE!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:59pm
  19. What A Selfish, Racist, Bitch of a Governor !! She is just so Hateful!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:00pm
  20. IMPEACH JAN BREWER !!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:01pm
  21. Although I do not reside in Arizona I totally disagree…I believe partners should have every rights as any other couple to to have health care so think about that before engaging you mouth and thoughts on facebook!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:03pm
  22. Why would they want that?

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:08pm
  23. Miserable racist cunt.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:12pm
  24. hold on! wtf! are you kidding me? why? this sort of propaganda is outrageous! we all pay taxes, so now you can be forced to pay taxes, work your ass off but fuck you if you want the health care coverage you’ve earned for yourself and your loved one?

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:13pm
  25. has someone been brave enough to do a basket check on her.. kinda looks like terrance stamp’s character in Priscilla

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:15pm
  26. I love how Republicans bitch about letting states decide things, but then claim they “got it wrong”.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:22pm
  27. Its when you are cold and evil it makes you age faster and it also makes you look like a man in drag.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:28pm
  28. Don’t forget, this was the same lady who decided to take life saving transplants off the state healthcare books. >_>

    Google “brewercare” for a very, very real example of the “death panels”, so sensationalized by republicans.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:28pm
  29. What a Bitch!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:31pm
  30. The bitch musta got discouraged trying to intimidate and persecute immigrants.. so now she’s gonna fuck with gay people to keep the spotlight on her miserable ass!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:33pm
  31. Gay people and Gay-friendly businesses should boycott Arizona and products from there.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:35pm
  32. FU

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:53pm
  33. Arizona is sounding more and more like the Mississippi of my childhood

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:19pm
  34. Marriage and domestic partnership…. Separate but equal… Seriously what the fuck is wrong with Arizona.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:32pm
  35. Has anyone checked the bytch’s DNA to see if “she” is actually a woman?

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:55pm
  36. I guess some people have never learned how to grow up

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:08am
  37. this fucking bitch!! I think she smell her rotten pussy everyday and jealous of gays so, she wants to stop gays entitlement!! what a old hug!! LMAO!!

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:23am
  38. I thought I liked Jan Brewer until this situation. Where is Arizona anyway? Back in the Middle Ages??

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:12am
  39. Jan Brewer is a f’ing idiot, but Arizona is a state with a barely Republican majority (43% v. 42%) and they always get the vote of the independents and thus lead the government. And seriously, stop with the anti-LGBTQ insults, I’ve never understand why anyone would use them, let alone on this page…

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:30am
  40. She needs to call a plastic surgen, becuse damn.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:48am
  41. All men are created equal.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:21am
  42. Can we drop the Arizona Governor?………….preferably from a very high place.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:42am
  43. thank God that I’m in Canada….what an inconsiderate homophobic bitch…maybe the state should drop her HUSBAND’S healthcare? I think that would be fair

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:59am
  44. Its so sad illegals can break a state with a boycott and gays wont boycott nothing we get what we deserve

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4:02am
  45. I wish the Gov would get over the gay thing and try to fix whats broken in our country. Prioritize you idiots.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4:25am
  46. arizona higher ups can go fuck themselves. so can’t anyone else…stop and think bout all the heterosexual assholes use the state and children to produce medical coverage for themselves and all the bullshit they do. sick of ignorant people. let the world be.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:51am
  47. Of course, they want to eliminate healthcare for everyone.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:02am
  48. Time for all of Arizona’s LGBT population to emigrate from that state …. & all of the income & state revenue that they produce as well. It would be nice to see Arizona on its knees begging for them to come back.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:35am
  49. it never ceases to amaze me how hateful some people are and then still call themselves christians. just look her you can see the evil in her eyes. i can’t wait to people like this die so the younger generation can come up and allow this country to get rid of all the hate that these people have spread

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:57am
  50. This is perfect for the homophobes: First, deny medical care to gay people. Then, when the statistics show gays have poorer health than straights (do to their lack of access to health care) the homophobes can trumpet how the “gay lifestyle” is harmful to health.

    As awful as this all is, I am comforted by my faith in a just God which will ensure that Brewer and her fellow gay-haters will rot in hell for eternity.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:46pm
  51. Arizona has a lot more important things to worry about. I mean they could also be hurting a lot of straight couples who get domestic partnerships as well. Gov Brewer is making a mistake, she will be counted along Strom Thurman.

    Next, Cut out all the misogynsitic jokes and the B word as well as calling her things that are derogatory of women. We should talk about the issue at hand instead of sensationalizing her appearance

    She is wrong and I hope the whole panel upholds the 9th Circuit Court ruling!

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:56pm
  52. Hey is that really Jan Brewer? Looks like Terrance Stamp (Bernadette) in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 8:14am