Government Presses Fight Over Lesbian Employee's Benefits

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February 28, 2011

"The Obama administration will press ahead with its fight against one federal employee’s bid to obtain health insurance for her same-sex spouse, according to a government court filing on Monday.

"The decision by the Justice Department comes days after it announced that a federal statute defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—known as the Defense of Marriage Act—was unconstitutional.

..."Jennifer Pizer, one of Golinski's attorneys, said it would have been much more 'helpful and consistent' with Obama's shift had government lawyers taken the position that Golinski could reenroll her wife in the family health plan.

"'That is the correct answer in this case,' Pizer said."