A federal judge has ruled that denying a San Francisco court employee and his husband federal marriage benefits was discriminatory.
Christopher Nathan, a law clerk, married his partner Thomas Alexander a few months before the passage of Proposition 8. When Nathan applied for federal marriage benefits last year, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts denied his enrollment, citing the Defense of Marriage Act.
In his ruling Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said that the denial infringed upon the court employees’ guaranteed right to a “discrimination-free workplace”. Ware further ordered the court to reimburse Nathan for money spent on private insurance.
The reimbursement may be delayed by the conflict this decision creates with DOMA, the constitutionality of which was argued in a federal appeals court in Boston on Wednesday.
The folks at the Richmond Business Alliance have a special event planned for those interested in better understanding how the downfall of DOMA will affect same-sex couples here in VA. Attorney Katie D. Fletcher, financial advisor Patrick McAleer, and CPA Glen Cooper will all speak about their respective industries and how LGBTQ Virginians can utilize them [...]