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Judge requires New York City to enforce same-sex benefits law

[JURIST] New York Judge Faviola Soto has ruled that New York City must enforce a law that requires companies which do business with the city to give the same benefits to same-sex couples that they give to spouses. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had vetoed the Equal Benefits Law saying it would limit its ability to choose bidders for city work at low costs. However, the city counsel overided the veto which led to the court action. The law which requires business with city contracts over $100,000 to give health insurance, bereavement and other benefits to domestic partners went into effect on October 26. The city will appeal the ruling. Human Rights Campaign Foundation has more on the New York law here. AP has more.

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