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Ariz. governor petitions Supreme Court to deny same-sex partner benefits

Monday, July 9, 2012

PHOENIX — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that allows Arizona’s state employees to keep their same-sex partners benefits, including health insurance.

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Brewer said a federal appeals panel “got it wrong” when it ruled that same-sex partners of state government workers are entitled to the same health care benefits provided to opposite-sex couples.

The petition comes three months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request by the state’s lawyers to re-hear the case en banc, (with the entire 11-judge panel).

On Sept. 6, the appellate court 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.

“The district court found that the plaintiffs demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits, because they showed that the law adversely affected a classification of employees on the basis of sexual orientation, and did not further any of the state’s claimed justifiable interests,” wrote the Ninth Circuit three-judge panel.

Brewer had signed the law in 2009 and it was scheduled to take effect last year. Her predecessor, Janet Napolitano — now the Secretary of Homeland Security — had authorized health benefits for state employees’ domestic partners in April 2008.

In the initial suit, the nine plaintiffs — all state employees in same-sex domestic partnerships — stated that if enacted, the loss of health coverage for their partners would cause “serious financial and emotional harm.”

The Ninth Circuit affirmed this complaint, acknowledging that there was a high likelihood of “irreparable harm” if the law were to go into effect.

The plaintiffs in the case, (Diaz), have until August 6 to respond to the Governor’s latest legal maneuver.

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  1. What an ugly bitch. The Supreme Court should deny her benefits.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:42am
  2. It will be a great day when we can call Satan’s Daughter the ‘former” governor of AZ.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:42am
  3. *facepalm* Every day she does something to make me more embarrassed to live here…

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:44am
  4. She’s just mad because she is not getting any ass.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:44am
  5. Poor Brewer just keeps digging herself in deeper and deeper. She will probably be known and the George W. Bush of Arizona history.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:45am
  6. Some twisted folks that voted her in to office, what a sick bitch!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:45am
  7. This woman is a homophobic asshole.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:46am
  8. Well, fuck her. Bitch.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:46am
  9. this woman needs to be sriped of her governor title and replaced

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:46am
  10. Disgraceful ! Narrow minded. Bigger than petty. How about they get the same benefits that the governor does, or that she gets NONE.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:47am
  11. ALL the above!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:47am
  12. I would say she looks like Terrance Stamp, but that would be an insult to Terrance.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:47am
  13. So much for representing the people.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:48am
  14. Michigan’s not much better. So far Hawaii has bennies, if you can get them. Still- it is not the same as being legally married.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:48am
  15. Her media whore-mongering is terrible and I wonder when the Republican party will stop paying people like her and Sarah Palin to speak.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:49am
  16. WTF – let’s all deny the rights us straight folks enjoy to those who “don’t fit the mold” . What a load of crap…

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:49am
  17. The Wicked With of the South-West is conjuring up her evil once again!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:49am
  18. This governor, my governor, is an uneducated ass.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:50am
  19. Hey! maybe the governor’s appealing this, so that the Supreme Court will have to rule down her appeal =:?

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:51am
  20. Ignorant Bitch with a capitol C

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:51am
  21. Aqui no Brasil os gays também sofrem para serem respeitados… é uma luta difícil!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:52am
  22. You are a nasty bitch, Dear. And remember Jan, Karma is a Real Bitch.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:52am
  23. What a stupid fucking cunt!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:52am
  24. when are the citizens of AZ gonna wake the fuck up and dump this crazy bitch? geez!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:54am
  25. Stupid old melted hag ! take your broom and your black cat and fly away from here !!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:54am
  26. Wben will this woman ever stop? Shameful

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:54am
  27. Very sad… I guess if I don’t matter to these so called political people, then wonder why I have to pay taxes.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:54am
  28. self-righteous, bigot, hateful, libel and slandering piece of …

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:57am
  29. She’s homophobic and a racist, I hope she losses everything, and I do mean everything.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:57am
  30. the fags are more beautiful than her… she looks like a dried prune or raisin or the red kiamoy hahaha

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:59am
  31. yeaaaa ill bend over and you can kiss my lesbian ass bitch we are all humans whether you believe it or not~

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:00pm
  32. why is it all the nutbars are coming out of arizona?

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:05pm
  33. ^ i think its the heat that gets to them

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:09pm
  34. AAARRRGHGHGHGH!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:14pm
  35. she can kiss my gay ass! Another fucked up hate monger. God I wish I could just blink them into oblivion!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:16pm
  36. she is such an idiot.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:18pm
  37. I like what Don Shetterly said, maybe all the LBGT people should stop paying taxes until we get the same recognition as everyone else! Then watch what happens to the

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:19pm
  38. economy!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:19pm
  39. Ugh, these people need to stop. What is wrong with this woman?

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:20pm
  40. Fucking bigoted mf assholes!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:20pm
  41. Oh well, they will get their just desserts!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:21pm
  42. what a surprise…not

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:23pm
  43. cant stand ugly no good b^%&h’s that try to control n dictate the lives of others..she needs to go climb up a cliff n jump..I agree w stop paying taxes till we have the same damn rights..

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:23pm
  44. You like that Jan Brewer has asked the Supreme Court to deny benefits to same sex couples? F Jan Brewer!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:23pm
  45. Or you just “liked” LGBTQ Nation so now they’re posted in your name?

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:25pm
  46. She has cause enough trouble, I am sure she will be paid back for all her hate!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:25pm
  47. From the looks of her, she is just jealous.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:25pm
  48. As a rule, governors don’t tell judges that they’ve got it wrong. Usually, it’s the other way around. But possibly, in Jan Brewer’s mind, she IS the law.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:27pm
  49. Die, Mommie, Die!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:28pm
  50. and since we are dicussing this…my life partner is in the military and I know plenty of gays that serve for our country to have rights n be free..I bet this skank wont do what they do..no because all she is good at is running her mouth.this goes for all the people within the gov trying to limit the people. i watched act of valor the other day n was thinking about it the whole time that suppose one of those people were gay..should they be denied the right to live free n have their families taken care of when they are over there giving theirs lives as well..??? how is that fair? because we have a different life? not the same beliefs? wow! time to grow up america.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:28pm
  51. She is one of the most EVIL people of all time!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:29pm
  52. Ugh how did she ever get elected over our other candidates.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:31pm
  53. What does this say about the people who voted her into office??

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:32pm
  54. Really on the wrong side of history…

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:35pm
  55. Someone should shoot her instead.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:39pm
  56. Evil Crypt Keeper goes after same sex partner benefits

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:41pm
  57. Unfortunately IGNORANCE comes in all levels of education…too bad she thinks she is so smart.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:44pm
  58. Bitch!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:45pm
  59. sounds good to me go arizona she should run for pres

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:49pm
  60. She looks like a dried raison. Lol.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:50pm
  61. My Mexican gay relatives/friends are so fed up with this!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:59pm
  62. How are gonna hate on the gays when you look like a big ole dyke lesbian muff eating bitch. The state of affairs within our government in regards to equality is like the afterbirth of a lesbian cluster fuck. Ewww. Lol stupid skank.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:08pm
  63. Such a Sweet Lady!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:09pm
  64. Every wrinkle on that dried up prune of a face of hers is a result of the bitterness and hatred she harbors for minorites and gays. It is written all over her face.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:10pm
  65. jesus lady leave it be. as governor u r not supposed to put ur bias in against certain parties of people, just because u do not agree with it does not mean that u should deny them benefits, that is bullshit lady

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:14pm
  66. It’s always the ones who constantly hate on the gay community that probably are the biggest closet cases.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:18pm
  67. Izzy, we Don’t want her in our club !!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:23pm
  68. Be it same sex or opposite sex couples, it’s all the same. No one has the right to deny anyone benefits or the right to get married. These people are just close minded, scared individuals. They need to be put on an island and kept away from the people who just want to live their lives. They are disease!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:26pm
  69. Worthless BITCH

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:28pm
  70. Dried up old hateful hag BOO

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:31pm
  71. This bitch needs to be gone!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:31pm
  72. AZ and this gov. make the deep south look liberal!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:37pm
  73. ignorant bitch!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:38pm
  74. well, isn’t she a bitch!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:41pm
  75. Jan Brewer is a lot of what is wrong with AZ. this state was so much better when Napalitano was governor. The only issues Brewer fights are those that will garner her headlines, she is definitely a media whore!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:42pm
  76. @Randy, please don’t lump all of AZ in with nut job Brewer; Tucson is actually a Democratic leaning city (Gabrielle Giffords)!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:44pm
  77. The Arizona sun appears to have not only dried her skin out, but has also turned her brain into a dried-up pulp. Nasty creature.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:51pm
  78. if her rights were righted away… she would be screaming……just remember they kicked and screamed when black and white couples dated married …and now its common…..its a shame we have to fight fight so hard for our rights……but these bigoted people are SO FREAKIN SCARED of us getting rights thinking its going to hurt them in some friggin way…….and it doesnt……… it has nothing at all to do with them ..its money my partner and i work for… Who gets it if our partner doesnt the FREAKIN GOV>>>

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:58pm
  79. Keep on appealing… it will eventually end up in US Supreme Court and we will have marriage equality for all US Citizens. vote Obama 2012

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:01pm
  80. Dislike in a HUGE way!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:03pm
  81. Racist and a Homophobe !!! She would be a great running mate for Romney …

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:14pm
  82. Who the Hell does this Bitch thinks she is?! She’s a dried up piece of shit.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:19pm
  83. That’s sick!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:24pm
  84. Arizona is on the most useless states we have. Never will visit there!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:26pm
  85. The LGBT is just trying to get their share of rights like women did back when they couldn’t vote. Wait a minute…she has a vagina…What a fucking hypocrite!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:54pm
  86. Shes not just a witch but a *itch!!!!! Such a hater and a greedy persom.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:10pm
  87. she’s a snatch got her way on minorities now she going after one at a time

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:10pm
  88. fucking bigot old wrinkled bitch

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:17pm
  89. dirty filthy rotten WHORE that she is.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:18pm
  90. Shriveled up prune. Prune Face should be her name. Right Wing extremism at its finest

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:21pm
  91. Someone needs to pull that rainbow out of her ass.lol

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:26pm
  92. Silly Cunt bag the vulchers will get to you soon enought.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:32pm
  93. I am SO ashamed to live in AZ.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:33pm
  94. what a bitch :D

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 5:29pm
  95. She has a list of really bad ideas=how did she ever get elected?

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:12pm
  96. man this womens hate comes through her ugly face, may she die a horrible death

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:51pm
  97. Such a bitch!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:25pm
  98. Deny Brewer all access to the governor’s mansion after November, except to move her defeated homphomic butt out

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:47pm
  99. Can you say “Vitriolic hatred and stupidty personified?”

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 8:31pm
  100. sorry but she needs her face fixed

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:05pm
  101. Haterization!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:39pm
  102. Her photo looks like she’s found a bloody finger in her mac and cheese.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:54pm
  103. dats one crraaazy bitch!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:26pm
  104. what an old hate-filled bag…disgrace to a beautiful desert state

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 1:28pm
  105. BUt, but…she’s SO pretty

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7:36pm