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Lesbian police officers victorious in Maryland health benefits suit

TOWSON, Md. — Two Baltimore County police officers who were denied health benefits for their same-sex spouses, were notified Tuesday that an independent arbitrator had ruled that the county had violated the terms of their police union contract by denying their benefits more than one year ago.

In the ten page opinion, arbitrator Lois Hochhauser agreed with the police union grievances filed on behalf of officers Officers Margaret Selby and Juanika Ballard, maintaining that recognition of same-sex marriages conducted in states where they are legal is “not against the public policy of the State of Maryland.”

The arbitrator also noted that Maryland “has never enacted a law barring same-sex marriages.”

Read the full story in LGBTQ Nation, HERE.