The problem is that while Ms. Pedersen is legally married to Ann Meitzen under Connecticut law, federal law does not recognize same-sex unions. So a health insurance matter that is all but automatic for most married people is not allowed for them under federal law.
Ms. Pedersen and Ms. Meitzen plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the government in an effort to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples.
2. Supreme Court Hears Case on Right to Class Actions - NYTimes.com:
WASHINGTON — The most significant business case of the Supreme Court term so far involves a $30 charge for what was said to be a free mobile phone.Above are two states' rights cases conservatives can gear up for. Let's here them argue for their precious states' rights when the state government has made a just law that an unjust federal law supersedes. We also have the states attempting to protect their citizens' rights against unscrupulous corporations leveraging the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act. Two cases where principled conservatives can stand shoulder to shoulder with liberals and both can argue for what's right, and in accordance with their self-stated principles. Let's see if it happens.
But lawyers on both sides argued on Tuesday that the court’s ruling in the case could radically reshape the handling of disputes that arise when consumers sign standard contracts that require disputes to be settled through arbitration.