In 2009 Jan Brewer signed HB2013, a bill that denied health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of state employees. Brewer said she signed the bill to help balance the budget, but the bill only eliminated $3 million from the annual $625 million the state already spends on providing benefits. $3 million is a drop in the proverbial bucket and reeks of anti-gay politics.
HB2013 amended the definition of “dependent” under state law to mean either a child or “a spouse under the laws of this state.” The new amendment was known as Section O.
893 domestic partners were to lose their coverage at the end of 2010, but constitutional justice to the rescue!
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick granted a temporary injunction that will prevent the state from enacting HB2013.
Jan Brewer knows full well that same-sex couples are legally denied the right to marry in Arizona, and signing a bill that requires gay state employees to be married before they can have benefits is unjust, cruel, and unfair.
It’s also illegal.
The never elected Jan Brewer violated the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and that’s why a federal judge has blocked the law. In his ruling Sedwick wrote,
“Because employees involved in same-sex partnerships do not have the same right to marry as their heterosexual counterparts, Section O has the effect of completely barring lesbians and gays from receiving family benefits. Consequently, the spousal limitation in Section O burdens state employees with same-sex domestic partners more than state employees with opposite-sex domestic partners.”
What can you expect from a bottle blonde, over tanned woman who was never elected governor? She has demonstrated that despite years in public service she still knows nothing about constitutional law.
Another Federal Judge is about to strike down Brewer’s controversial immigration bill too.