SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of newlyweds, Karen Golinski was eager to enjoy the financial fruits of marriage. Within weeks of her wedding, she applied to add her spouse to her employer-sponsored health care plan, a move that would save the couple thousands of dollars a year.
Her ordinarily routine request still is being debated more than four years later, and by the likes of former attorneys general, a slew of senators, the Obama administration and possibly this week, the U.S. Supreme Court.
Because Golinski is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her claim for benefits has morphed into a multi-layered legal challenge to a 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing unions like hers.
The high court has scheduled a closed-door conference for Friday to review Golinski's case and four others that also seek to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton ...
1. Makes me nervous, but so did the MA court decision in 2004.
And here we are 8 years later with states as diverse as WA, MD, and ME voting FOR marriage rights at the ballot box. I think the court can strike down DOMA without ruling that all states have to perform same sex marriages, however. Not all states allow marriage between first cousins, but all states recognize those marriages performed in the states that do.