Lambda Legal Confident Ruling against DOMA Will Survive Appeal
(San Francisco, February 24, 2012) - Lawyers representing the majority leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives today filed a notice of appeal of the U.S. District Court's ruling Wednesday declaring a key section of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli issued the following statement:
"We are confident Judge White's thorough and well-reasoned decision will stand the test of time. However our opponents may recycle their failed arguments on appeal, the one thing we know is: DOMA is doomed, and efforts to extend this discriminatory law, while not unexpected, serve only to harm loving couples and families."
Judge Jeffrey S. White's ruling came in a case brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied spousal health coverage for her wife. It was the latest victory in a battle that began in 2008, when Golinski, a 20-year employee of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sought to enroll her wife, Amy Cunninghis, in the employee health plan.
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