USA: Ninth Circuit Dismisses Appeal, Lets Stand Federal Benefits Verdict for Lesbian Couple

Written by scott on July 25th, 2013

DOMA OverA case brought by a federal employee seeking health benefits for her wife is over. The Advocate reports:

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of a federal district court ruling in the case of Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management yesterday, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which struck down Section 3 of the so-called-Defense of Marriage Act, reports Lambda Legal… “What a wonderful day for Karen, her spouse, Amy Cunninghis, and their family,” Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli said in a statement.

We should see most of the rest of the current batch of DOMA cases wrapping up similarly. Next battle – DOMA’s ban on reciprocity – i.e.: our marriage is no good across state lines.

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