OPM defies order on same-sex benefits

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December 22, 2009

12/22/2009

"Last month, Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, ordered the Office of Personnel Management to allow health insurance companies serving federal staffers to provide benefits for same-sex spouses of the court's workers.

"But on Friday, the OPM told the attorney for Karen Golinski, a court employee, that the agency would not obey the judge's order.

"...What's so frustrating and aggravating to Golinski's attorney, Lamda Legal's Jennifer C. Pizer, is that the OPM did not participate in the process that led to Kozinski's order, yet the agency used its power to block it."

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