WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, issued the following statement today with regard to the Arizona Governor's Regulatory Review Council unanimously voting to provide domestic partner benefits to unmarried state employees. The extension of benefits is scheduled to become effective in October 2008.
"This is exciting news, and great news for same-sex couples in Arizona and their families," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "GLBT state employees in Arizona work just as hard as their straight counterparts. Today's action sends a clear signal that they deserve to receive equal benefits for their work."
Arizona would become the 15th state, plus Washington, D.C., to provide domestic partner benefits to state employees. To learn more about state-by-state laws, visit the Laws and Elections section online: http://www.hrc.org/laws-and-elections/state.asp
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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