The Judicial Council of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt another blow to DOMA last week, ordering San Francisco’s federal court to pay an employee’s costs for insurance coverage for his husband.
The SF Chronicle reports:
In the insurance case, Christopher Nathan, 39, of San Francisco, a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Maria Elena James, sought coverage for his spouse, Thomas Alexander, 40. The couple wed in 2008, in a ceremony performed by James, before Proposition 8 prohibited same-sex marriages in California.
When Nathan tried to enroll Alexander in the government’s insurance plan, he was turned down by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts because the 1996 law bars federal recognition of same-sex unions.
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