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Same-sex partner benefits can’t be cut off
San Francisco Chronicle

A state can’t selectively withdraw benefits from same-sex couples, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in blocking Arizona’s attempt to deny health coverage to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state employees.

When a state provides health care to its employees, “it may not do so in an arbitrary or discriminatory manner that adversely affects particular groups that may be unpopular,” said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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