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November 19, 2009
Federal Judge Rules DOMA Violates Due Process in California Benefits Case
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.
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