Suit Over Gay Spouse Benefits Tossed In Calif.

Law360, New York (March 17, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A California judge dismissed a suit over health benefits for the same-sex spouse of a federal employee Wednesday, saying the court could not overturn an agency's interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act without a direct challenge to the act's constitutionality.

Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California gave the plaintiff, federal staff attorney Karen Golinski, until April 15 to amend her claims, in an order granting a dismissal request by the government and denying Golinski's bid for...
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