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PHOENIX — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled the Arizona Board of Regents did not infringe on the First Amendment Rights of the Arizona Students' Association by cutting off their automatic access to student fees.
The partners of gay state and university employees will not lose their health care and other benefits, at least not now -- and possibly not ever.
Attorneys representing some gay state and university workers said the U.S. Supreme Court should spurn as "unworthy'' a bid by Gov. Jan Brewer to let her immediately slash domestic partner benefits.
Attorneys for the state will ask a federal appeals court Monday to let it stop providing insurance benefits for the partners of gay workers.
Carrie Sperling and Sue Shapcott moved here from Texas in 2007 knowing that Arizona wouldn’t recognize their same-sex marriage, but at least they would qualify for domestic partner benefits available to state employees because of Sperling’s job with Arizona State University.
Calling it illegal discrimination, a federal judge has blocked the state from cancelling insurance benefits for the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state and university employees.
The owner of a single piece of property is standing in the way of a new natural gas pipeline to serve central Arizona.
Chandler settled a police brutality case and won a judgment in a lawsuit in federal court in June. The city agreed to pay $7,500 to Stephen Madrid, 32, who accused a Chandler police officer of beating him with a flashlight while he was handcuffed on Nov. 15, 2005.
A federal judge has thrown out a firefighters union lawsuit against Rural/Metro Corp., leaving both sides to work out their contentious pension issue during ongoing labor negotiations.