Lesbians Drop Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two lesbian couples have dropped a lawsuit against Colorado Springs over its 2003 decision to revoke benefits for same-sex couples.

Kaylynn LaGamma says she didn't have the energy to go on with the suit after her partner -- former city dispatcher Barbara Henson -- died in May. A second couple dropped out earlier.

The City Council extended health benefits to gay and lesbian partners of city workers in 2002 but a new council rescinded the benefits the following year.

The couples argued in the suit that the city was violating religious freedom and equality rights. Colorado Springs said it had no obligation to offer benefits to people who aren't considered married under state law.

A judge threw out the suit and the case was on appeal when the two couples dropped out.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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