Friday, May 25, 2012
District Court: I.R.C. § 7702B(f)(2)(C) Unconstitutionally Excludes Same-Sex Couples From CalPERS Plan
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California yesterday held that the Defense of Marriage Act and I.R.C. § 7702B(f)(2)(C) unconstitutionally limit same-sex couples and domestic partners from participating in the long-term care plan offered by the California Public Employees Retirement System ("CalPERS). Dragovich v. United States, No. 10-01564 (N.D. Cal. May 24, 2012):
Because Congress’s restriction on state-maintained long-term care plans lacks any rational relationship to a legitimate government interest, but rather appears to be motivated by antigay animus, the exclusion of registered domestic partners of public employees from § 7702B(f)’s list of individuals eligible to enroll in state-maintained long-term care plans violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.