Tuesday, December 22, 2009

OPM caught in a catch-22 on same-sex benefits for federal workers


Joe Davidson has been following the issue of federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees on “The Federal Diary” page of The Washington Post, and today he points out that the Obama administration’s justice department is caught in a catch-22: it says that it must enforce the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, signed by President Clinton, which it would like to overturn (just like it must enforce “don’t ask don’t tell”).

Recently, as Davidson points out, the Ninth Circuit ordered the Office of Personnel Office to allow health insurance companies to provide benefits to same-sex partners of the court’s workers, and the OPM balked, saying it must enforce DOMA. What a mess.

The link is here.

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