On January 1, 2011, the Arizona Republic reports that the state will be cutting off healthcare benefits to 600 heterosexual domestic partners of state employees. The change in benefits is part of Governor Jan Brewer's budget cut plan.
The initial plan was supposed to cut off benefits for all domestic partners, including adult children and gay partners of state employees. Yet the new federal health-care law and court ruling have forced the state of Arizona to cover adult children and same-sex partners. This means that heterosexual domestic partners are currently the only people that are impacted by the budget cuts. Last week, however, the Arizona Republic reported that the state is appealing the court ruling and looking to deny benefits to about 408 same-sex domestic partners of state employees.
Heterosexual domestic partners of state employees can still get married in order to receive healthcare benefits, so the state of Arizona might not be saving too much money under the current plan. The state of Arizona does not currently offer domestic partnerships, but some cities in the state are offering benefits to domestic partners of government employees. The cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, and Scottsdale offer benefits for same-sex partners, while only Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale offer benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners.
To learn more about domestic partnership registration requirements or about the benefits offered through domestic partnerships in the state, contact a Phoenix family lawyer in the area. To find a lawyer, see FindLaw's Phoenix Family Law Attorney Directory.