Congresswoman Laura Richardson joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and 129 other Members of the House in filing an amicus brief in the case of Karen Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. This case has reached the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and will determine the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for all federal purposes as "between one man and one woman."
"I am pleased to join with 129 of my colleagues in the House in expressing our view to the court that the eligibility for federal employee health benefits should not depend upon the sex of the person you love," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson.
Congresswoman Richardson is a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and was also a signatory to a 2011 amicus brief declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
"Section 3 does not affect the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexual couples, but it is a direct attack on the wellbeing of gay and lesbian couples and their children," said Congresswoman Richardson. "Denying gay and lesbian federal employees like Karen Golinski the right to include their partners on their health insurance amounts to discrimination by the U.S. government," added Congresswoman Richardson.
Congresswoman Richardson has worked tirelessly to protect real family values by supporting initiatives to protect bi-national families threatened with deportation, praising the enforcement of same-sex hospital visitation rights, and urging that government housing programs be available to all eligible people including the LGBT community. She has also championed the repeal of discriminatory laws such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; the end of hate-motivated violence; and the improved wellbeing of all Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.