Three New Mexican lesbian couples have joined forces with the American Civil Liberties Union to combat the state's discriminatory retirement practices. It seems that straight couples can continue to extend benefits to their partners after leaving state jobs. Gays and lesbians? Not so much.Oddly, the ACLU's own page on the case won't load just now, but check for yourself. This suit follows the Michigan ruling I mentioned earlier, and an Alaska decision last October that such discriminatory distinctions in benefits are unconstitutiona. As HRC's Carries Davis notes, "It is really just a matter of time before we start seeing wholesale litigation in this area."
Thursday, February 8, 2007
New Mexico: another front on partner benefits