Two lesbian police officers in Baltimore, Md. were awarded the right to extend their health benefits to their spouses Tuesday after initially being denied those benefits by the county.
An independent arbiter ruled that veteran officers Margaret Selby and Juanika Ballard must be granted health benefits for their respective wives. Each of the officers married their spouses in different states during the summer of 2009.
Both officers filed separate grievances with the county in August 2010 when the county started deducting premiums from their paychecks for spousal coverage, the Baltimore Sun reports.
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