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Same-sex case ruling favors gay employee 25 Nov 2012 A regional court council has ordered San Francisco's federal court to pay an employee's costs for insurance coverage for his husband, citing an increasing number of rulings that have declared Congress's ban on same-sex spousal benefits unconstitutional. Last week's ruling by the Judicial Council of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was another rebuff of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law prohibiting federal marital benefits to gay and lesbian couples who are legally married in their states. The U.S. Supreme Court could take up the issue Friday when it reviews challenges to rulings by federal appeals courts in Boston and New York, and from a federal judge in San Francisco, that found the law an unconstitutional act of discrimination.