Recent Cases Challenging the Defense of Marriage Act

13-Apr-2012

The National LGBT Bar Association would like to invite you to a national call in that will discuss the recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) challenge. Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for GLAD, Maura Healey and Bill Eskridge, John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, will discuss the DOMA case in Boston that was recently was heard by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, referred to as Gill v. Office of Personnel Management. The current case is a consolidation of three previous cases. The first involves U.S. Postal Worker Nancy Gill and her wife, Marcelle Letourneau, who have been denied federal health benefits that all other married couples receive. The second, filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General, also challenges section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” Gill v. Office of Personnel Management will be the first DOMA challenge to go before the U.S. Appeals Court and could possibly reach the Supreme Court next year.