Ninth Circuit Court orders health benefits for same-sex couples

In a blow against DOMA, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Stephen Reinhardt yesterday ruled that partners of Federal Employees who are in same-sex marriages must be granted health insurance benefits.

From LAObserved:

“The denial of federal benefits to same-sex spouses cannot be justified simply by a distaste for or disapproval of same-sex marriage or a desire to deprive same-sex spouses benefits available to other spouses in order to discourage exercising a legal right afforded them by the state.”

No word on an appeal of this ruling as yet.

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