Golinski Has Her Day in Court, DOJ Sends Senior Lawyer to Argue DOMA's Unconstitutionality

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December 16, 2011

"The Department of Justice sent one of its top lawyers to federal court in San Francisco today to argue that the Defense of Marriage Act's federal definition of marriage unconstitutionally limits Karen Golinski's ability to secure health insurance for her wife...

"Assistant Attorney General Tony West, the head of the civil division of DOJ, appeared in court to argue DOJ's position. Lambda Legal's Tara Borelli and Morrison & Foerster's Rita Lin represented Golinski...

"Speaking to Metro Weekly after the hearing, Borelli said, 'Judge White thanked the DOJ for having sent the head of the civil division" to argue the case himself, adding that it made "a statement of the significance that DOJ and the administration place on this question.'"

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