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House Democrats push health benefits for feds' same-sax spouses

House Democrats have filed an amicus brief arguing that federal health benefits should cover same-sex spouses of employees.

The 130 representatives filed the brief in the latest challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. In March, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that aspects of DOMA that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. The decision was followed by a unanimous ruling from an appeals court that the entire act was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue in 2013.