Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baltimore County Overruled in Denying Benefits for Same Sex Police Spouses // County Attorneys to Review Decision

Maryland Juice recently reported that Baltimore County was facing attacks from the ACLU and Baltimore Sun over its decision to deny benefits to the spouses of LGBT police officers. Yesterday, an arbitrator ruled against the County, and their lawyers are now reviewing the decision. The Metro Weekly last night announced:
Even as two Baltimore County police officers became the latest to win equal employment benefits for their same-sex spouses last week, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) warned that similar legal fights are in store for other same-sex couples until the state's General Assembly or Court of Appeals take action to clarify how the state recognizes same-sex marriage.

The Baltimore County decision, issued by binding arbitration, to grant the two couples spousal benefits came as a result of grievances filed by Lambda Legal, a legal organization focusing on the civil rights of LGBT people, and the county police union on behalf of Officers Margaret Selby and Juanika Ballard, who had been refused benefits for their spouses....

Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County, said the county was still reviewing the arbitrator's decision and declined to comment further.
We previously mentioned that the ACLU of Maryland weighed in on this issue with a call-to-action on their Facebook page:

Contact Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at

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