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DOJ asks for extension of deadlines in McLaughlin v. Panetta – request granted 4/22

April 23, 2012

McLaughlin v. Panetta is the case brought by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on behalf of current and former active duty members of the United States armed services and their same-sex spouses seeking equal treatment as to family recognition and benefits.

By prior order, and with consent of the parties, the case is currently on hold until April 28.

Today, the federal defendants’ (“DOJ”) filed a motion asking for an extension of the deadlines to answer the plaintiffs’ complaint and respond to plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment until 21 days after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals decides the Massachusetts DOMA cases (Massachusetts v. HHS, No. 10-2204, and Gill v. OPM, No. 10-2207).  Plaintiffs consent to the motion.

UPDATE April 22: DOJ’s motion granted.