On March 12, 2012, I posted about the Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management case in which a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Before reading this post further, I suggest you read the previous post for background information here.
Now that you have some understanding of the case, here’s the update:
The Office of Personnel Management recently sent Blue Cross Blue Shield a letter ordering it to “implement an expeditious enrollment” of Golinksi’s spouse. However, the March 9, 2012 letter from OPM’s federal employee insurance operations clearly stated that the agency’s decision on Golinski “has no effect on enrollments requested by other same-sex spouses.”
Basically, folks, this policy doesn’t extend to all other married same-sex couples. At least, not yet.
For more on the story, read Federal health benefits win for gay couple is limited. [Washington Post]
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