Supreme Court to decide whether to hear suit on domestic partner benefits for Arizona state workers

November 29, 2012

UPDATE 11/30/2012 3:29 p.m.:

The Supreme Court Justices were in conference Friday to decide which cases to hear, but have not said whether they will take the Arizona case or other cases dealing with gay rights. The next time we could hear the Justices' decision is Monday. 


11/29/2012 2:02 p.m.:

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Friday morning whether to hear a case involving Arizona government employees. 

In 2008, then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s administration extended benefits to the domestic partners of state workers, gay or straight. In September 2009, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law reversing those benefits, making only dependent children and legally married spouses eligible.

Since gay marriage is not recognized in Arizona, a group of lesbian and gay government employees sued the state. The case made its way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against Arizona.

The state appealed to the Supreme Court. Friday morning, the justices will decide whether to hear the case. The Supreme Court’s also expected to announce if it will hear other suits on gay rights, involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.