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Gov. to heed ruling on gay pairs' benefits

December 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Gov. Sarah Palin said in Anchorage that the state will abide by an Alaska Supreme Court order to provide benefits to same-sex partners of state employees as of Jan. 1.

Palin's decision came one day after the high court told the state to stop dragging its feet and implement benefits for its same-sex partners, first ordered 14 months ago.

"We believe we have no more judicial options," the newly elected Republican said.

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