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Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Orders Coverage for Golinski’s Wife

Acting in his administrative capacity as the head of the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski orders Golinski’s health insurance company, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, to cover Amy Cunninghis on Golinski’s plan.  In his order, Judge Kozinski notes that the Ninth Circuit prohibits discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation and that the Golinski dispute involves a “constitutional thicket.” Ultimately, Kozinski cites several Supreme Court cases in his decision, writing, “I therefore construe the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act to permit the coverage of same-sex spouses.”

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