July 9, 2012
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that provides domestic-partner benefits to spouses of lesbian and gay state employees. Arizona claims that the Ninth Circuit misconstrued the equal protection clause. Blog JoeMyGod quotes Chris Geldner's report: "After the 2011 decision, lawyers for the state asked the Ninth Circuit to re-hear the case en banc, or by an 11-judge panel. On April 3, the Ninth Circuit denied the request, starting the 90-day clock for the governor to file a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to take the case. The Ninth Circuit ruling, which upheld a trial-court ruling, kept an Arizona law from going into effect that, as the appeals court held, 'would have terminated eligibility for health-care benefits of state employees’ same-sex partners.'