Ninth Circuit Dismisses Appeal in Lambda Legal DOMA Case

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July 23, 2013
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Lambda Legal client Karen Golinski (L.) with her spouse, Amy Cunninghis

Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed the appeal of the U.S. District Court ruling in Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Section 3 challenge brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied family health coverage for her spouse.

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli says:

What a wonderful day for Karen, her spouse, Amy Cunninghis, and their family. While we knew this order was coming after the historic Supreme Court ruling last month, it is nonetheless a huge relief for Karen to know that, after a long battle that began five years ago, her relationship is respected by the federal government, and her family is protected. This order is the icing on the cake, and we at Lambda Legal could not be more delighted.

Read the Ninth Circuit's order.

Read our FAQs After DOMA: What It Means for You.