Denying insurance benefits to same-sex spouses is discrimination according to a judge in San Francisco. This is another blow to the Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling involves Christopher Nathan, a 38-year-old federal court law clerk and his husband Thomas Alexander, 39. The two were married in 2008. Nathan tried to enroll Alexander in the federal government’s health insurance plan, but was denied because of DOMA.
House Speaker John Boehner has been hit several times for squandering money in defending DOMA. He hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement to try and keep DOMA defended after the Obama Administration cut back on defending the law. So far, he has had trouble winning any cases which have made it clear that DOMA is discriminatory.