Marriage, no; health care, OK.
The Alaska supreme court on October 28 unanimously ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, rejecting the argument that providing the benefits ran counter to the same-sex marriage ban.
"Other courts in other states could [now] be looking to the state of Alaska on how it handled the equal-protection rationale," said Michael Macleod-Ball of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ruling came as a relief to plaintiff Lin Davis, a state employee who has struggled to pay for health benefits for her out-of-work partner, Maureen Longworth. "It is such a relief to know that we'll soon have access to the same health benefits that my coworkers do," she said.
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|Title Annotation:||Alaska supreme court clears health benefits for public employees|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 6, 2005|
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