Woman sues for benefits for same-gender spouse

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January 22, 2010


"A woman married to a woman is suing the Office of Personnel Management because it is blocking her wife from receiving federal health insurance benefits available to spouses.

"...'It's a bit shocking that we've reached this point with the Obama administration. Where is our 'fierce advocate' for LGBT rights?' said Jennifer C. Pizer, National Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal and co-counsel for Golinski. 'Simply defying his orders is a slap in the face to Karen and the entire LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community and bizarrely disrespects the judiciary. At a minimum, federal courts have the power and responsibility to end discrimination against their own employees.'"

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