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Benefits Fight Brings Lesbian Couple to High Courtposted on November 26, 2012
Lisa Leff reports for the Associated Press about the case of a lesbian couple from California petitioning the Supreme Court to grant them federal spousal benefits. This week the court will meet to decide whether to hear petitions from any one of five separate couples seeking to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton. “The outcome carries economic and social consequences for gay, lesbian and bisexual couples, who now are unable to access Social Security survivor benefits, file joint income taxes, inherit a deceased spouse’s pension or obtain family health insurance,” writes Leff.