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Judge says same-sex health-coverage ban biased
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge signaled Thursday that she’s likely to strike down a federal law that denies long-term health coverage to the same-sex domestic partners of state employees in California, saying it appears to be based on prejudice against gays and lesbians. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland said domestic partners could join a lawsuit challenging an aspect of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act – its exclusion of same-sex couples from federal tax benefits that are essential to participation in a long-term health care program for state employees.

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