San Francisco (AP) - Lawyers representing
The state argued its case Monday before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, citing budgetary concerns as a compelling reason why it denied benefits to an estimated 300 partners.
Judge Sidney Thomas said it appears Arizona put same-sex partners in a "bad situation" when the Legislature passed the law revoking the benefits that same-sex couples had been receiving since 2008. A judge overturned the law last summer, and the state appealed.
But Thomas told