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Lambda Legal delivered Arguments in Case Which Could Alter the Constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

January 15, 2011

Once again, the greatest chance of achieving equality for LGBT citizens is through our court system.  Just as civil rights for African Americans were obtained in the 1960’s when Jim Crowe laws, interracial marriage laws, voting laws were discriminator and right-wing Christians were twisting the Bible saying races weren’t equal, 45 years later we again look to the blindness of the courts to protect the citizens of our country from biased unequal protection of the law. 

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Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed suit against the federal government earlier this year on behalf of Karen Golinski, a 19-year employee of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Golinski seeks the same spousal health insurance for her wife, Amy Cunninghis, that heterosexual employees receive for their spouses. Golinski and Cunninghis have been together for 21 years. Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requests an order directing the agency to obey prior rulings by the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals awarding the equal insurance benefits to Golinski. OPM should rescind its instruction to Golinski’s insurer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, not to enroll Golinski’s wife in the family health insurance plan.

“This case could result in the next major court ruling on the constitutionality of DOMA,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal. “This began as a simple internal personnel matter; the irony is that the Obama Administration, through the decisions of OPM and the Department of Justice to assert DOMA as an excuse for the discriminatory treatment of Karen Golinski, has turned this into a challenge to DOMA itself.”

via Lambda Legal: Oral Arguments Delivered in Lambda Legal Case of Lesbian Denied Spousal Health Insurance by Federal Employer.

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