DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional In Calif. Same-Sex Benefits Suit

Law360, New York (May 25, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT) -- The Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex spouses by denying them long-term care insurance through a California public-employee pension program, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a class action challenging the policy.

The decision, one of two landmark rulings to come out of California federal court on the controversial law this year, means the California Public Employees’ Retirement System must provide coverage to same-sex spouses and domestic partners under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken rejected arguments from attorneys...
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