couples have dropped their lawsuit against the city of
Colorado Springs, Colo., over its 2003 decision to
revoke benefits for same-sex couples. Kaylynn LaGamma
said she did not 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. The following year, a new council
rescinded the benefits, and the lawsuit was filed. The
couples argued that the city was violating
religious freedom and equality rights, while the city
said it had no obligation to offer benefits to people who
are not considered married under state law.
A judge threw out
the suit earlier this year and the case was on appeal
when the couples dropped out. LaGamma and the plaintiffs'
attorney, Trish Bangert, said they were disappointed
with the outcome and the lack of help from gay and
lesbian organizations in the state.
Referendum 1 on the November 7 statewide ballot would make
the lawsuit moot if it is approved. The measure would allow
same-sex couples to register as domestic partners and
gain the benefits and protections of spouses. (AP)