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11/18/2009

And now in DOMA will inevitably become DOA news...

by Jeremy Hooper
A federal judge today ordered compensation for a Los Angeles couple denied spousal benefits by the federal government because they are gay men.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt deemed the denial of healthcare and other benefits to the spouse of federal public defender Brad Levenson to be a violation of the Constitution's guarantee of due process and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which is prohibited by California state law.

Levenson married his longtime partner, Tony Sears, on July 12, 2008, during the five-month period when same-sex marriage was legal in California.
KEEP READING: Judge orders compensation for gay couple denied benefits [L.A. Now (LA Times)]

DOMA is kind of like a wisdom tooth. Despite its clever name, everyone impacted (i.e. the whole of America) will be more defended from decay once the nasty sucker is yanked.

**EARLIER:
Reinhardt issued an order in this case back in February: Ding dong, the DOMA's...well, maimed [G-A-Y]

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Now we just have to hope the SCOTUS doesn't overrule these kinds of things.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 18, 2009 6:25:58 PM

Wow, correct-use-of-the-word-impacted pun... well played, Jeremy.

Posted by: DN | Nov 18, 2009 6:56:45 PM

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