Target: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Goal: Stop hateful battle against same-sex partner benefits in Arizona.
It’s no secret that same-sex couples have countless hurdles to overcome in a country where discrimination and homophobia are alive and well. But in the fall of 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court took a small step toward equality for LGBT couples in the state of Arizona by ruling that both heterosexual and same-sex partners of state employees must be offered matching benefit packages. The decision, however, sent anti-gay Governor Jan Brewer into a frenzy, and she has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the earlier decision. Tell Governor Brewer that gay and lesbian state employees deserve the same rights as their straight counterparts.
According to progressive website Care2.com, Governor Brewer is a staunch opponent of benefits for partners of same-sex employees, and attempted to cut them out of the Arizona state budget. This is what prompted the Ninth Circuit Court case in the first place. Care2 reports that she even signed a bill in 2011 offering married heterosexual couples “preferential treatment” when adopting children, discriminating against those who do not align with her vision of morality into law.
The Supreme Court must now decide whether or not to take up the case. Lambda Legal attorney Tara Borelli told the Washington Blade:
“We are confident that the lower courts’ decisions upholding domestic partner coverage for lesbian and gay employees will continue to carry the day… Arizona’s arguments have been turned down again and again by the federal courts, and we expect it will be no different here.”
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Governor Brewer’s attempts at putting down minority people who call Arizona home. In case you were wondering, this is the same Arizona governor who signed a particularly harsh immigration law, which Latina.com argued was responsible for “essentially legalizing racial profiling.” She’s also pushed through a long list of vile measures, including one that banned educators with accents from teaching kids in Arizona English.
Governor Brewer must be told that her hateful and discriminatory measure against same-sex couples will not be tolerated. By signing the petition below, you will tell this Arizona lawmaker to end her campaign against partner benefits for gay and lesbian state employees.
Dear Governor Brewer,
Hardworking Arizona state employees deserve to be treated with fairness and equality. Some of these workers simply happen to be LGBT and should be offered the same rights to partner health benefits as their heterosexual coworkers. Same-sex couples continue to be faced with major obstacles due to senseless hatred and homophobia. As governor, you must cease your attempts to legislate your version of morality.
LGBT state workers deserve better than struggling to provide benefits for a partner. Gay and lesbian couples must be treated with the dignity and respect afforded to straight couples, and this starts with equal health benefits.
It is imperative that end your fight against same-sex partner health benefits. Please commit to taking action immediately.
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