Karen Golinski, a federal employee, has won health-care coverage for her wife, Amy Cunninghis.
Gay rights advocates believe this is the first time the federal government has extended such benefits to a gay worker, The Washington Post reported.
In a March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. Cunninghis, in her family health benefits plans.” The letter was signed by Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employees insurance operations for OPM.
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