Wednesday, February 15, 2006
In a 4-3 decision, a divided New York Court of Appeals held that New York City's Equal Benefits Law is preempted by state and federal statutes. The law would have required contractors that do more than $100,000 of business each year with NYC to offer benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian workers equal to those the companies give heterosexually married couples. The legislation would have made health coverage available to tens of thousands of additional people in the New York City region. You may download here the New_York_Slip Opinion equal benefits_case, In re the Matter of Council of New York v. Bloomber, decided _Feb_14.pdf (reo).