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Federal Judge Rules That Denial Of Same-Sex Insurance Benefits Is Discrimination

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Yesssss! This is another HUGE victory for equality, the LGBT community, and most importantly, common sense!

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that denying insurance benefits to same-sex married couples is discriminatory!


The ruling is in response to a complaint filed by federal court law clerk Christopher Nathan who married his husband, Thomas Alexander, in 2008 before Proposition 8 was approved by voters.

Nathan's application to enroll his hubby in the federal government's health insurance plan was rejected last year by the Administrative Officer of the U.S. Courts, which cited the Defense of Marriage Act — a 1996 law barring federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Judge James Ware ruled, however, that the denial of insurance benefits based on sexual orientation violates the federal court's guarantee of a "discrimination-free workplace."

Since he has no authority over the courts' national offices, Ware has instead ordered that Nathan be reimbursed by the chief clerk of the San Francisco federal court for past and future costs of his spouses insurance.

Right on!!! Same-sex married couples deserve EVERY benefit that straight married couples receive!

[Image via WENN.]

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12 comments to “Federal Judge Rules That Denial Of Same-Sex Insurance Benefits Is Discrimination”

  1. 1

    When will justice come to California?

  2. 2

    Great news !

  3. 3

    Justice is on it's way to California for being so smart.
    Same with Illinois.
    The land of fruits and nuts is becoming Detroit 2.0 under the leadership of the Dems these last few decades.
    Enjoy sucking on that goobermint titty that's about to go dry.

  4. 4

    Canada has same sex benefits.

  5. 5

    Plus, we're talking about the 9th Circuit.
    Their decisions are overturned more often than Obama plays golf.

  6. Harold says – reply to this


    LOL. My partner and I wondered what happened with this photo. Glad you put it to good use. Another great step forward but so many more to go!

  7. 7

    Canada is in the toilet with their national health too.
    No one talks about it…especially Canadians.

  8. 8

    In comparison to the USA, Canada is not "in the toilet". We can say with certainty that no one is denied quality universal health care. Getting ill does not drive people into poverty here.

  9. 9

    Re: Gracie 2004
    Gracie, check out, "The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care" David Gratzer.
    When you google this subject the word "collapse" is mentioned over and over.
    There's a reason why so many Canadians come to America, instead of waiting months and months to get treatment….they'll die waiting up there.
    Socialized medicine means rationed care just like Obama's CastroCare.
    Not many Americans or Mexicans are storming your borders for paid or unpaid treatment.
    P.S. Your doggie is cuter than cute!

  10. 10

    Re: luvs2hustle – Looks like you've been sucked into the lies about Canadian health care. My aunt waited less than one day for hip surgery after she fell, she didn't go to the US, she didn't wait to die, and she didn't have to go in debt paying for it. Yep, that Canadian health care is real bad, lmao. You're a sheep but it's no surprise you know so little, most Americans know little about their own country.

  11. 11

    Re: luvs2hustle – You beat me to the comment, 9th Circuit is the most overturned court in the USA.

  12. 12

    california hurry up!!