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White House OPM Chief John Berry Asked About Defiance of Court Order in Gay Spouse Health Benefits Case

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In late November I posted about the White House's order to the Office of Personnel Management to defy a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge's order to provide health benefits to the spouse of a lesbian employee. At the International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference over the weekend, the openly gay head of that agency, John Berry, was asked to explain his position in that case. Berry says neither he nor Obama have the authority to follow the court order.

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  1. John Berry is a ridiculous kapo.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Dec 7, 2009 8:48:54 AM


  2. FUCKING KAPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 7, 2009 8:49:58 AM


  3. Come on Landon and David....

    However you feel, calling someone a kapo or uncle tom isn't productive and does nothing but damage your own credibility.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Dec 7, 2009 9:59:09 AM


  4. True, he didn't have the authority to pay the DP benefits, but he does once ordered to do so by the courts.

    Yes, we need broader legislation, but we need broader legislation than the bill that he referred to, which benefits only a tiny portion of the American workforce.

    Implying that we have to wait for legislation is disingenuous.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 7, 2009 10:07:48 AM


  5. Of course it's productive. It smoked you out didn't it?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 7, 2009 10:07:59 AM


  6. Dave is right -- he may not have had the authority before, but he now has the OBLIGATION to follow the court order unless he intends to appeal it, and get the order stayed pending the appeal. It was a non-answer clearly intended to highlight the need for legislation. If he did not want to address the specifics of the case, which is what the question asked, what he should have said was that "we will comply with our obligations under the law, and I cannot comment further on pending litigation."

    Posted by: PistolPetey | Dec 7, 2009 10:29:01 AM


  7. Ah, but a LESBIAN with three kids said it was okay to sell his soul.

    Time to face it. We're fucked...and not in the good way. The house faggots er gay employees of the Obama Plantation er White House have sold their souls and now we find out that our only out reps in Congress have done the same thing. Another slice of Pie in the Sky anyone?

    Remember when some called Bill Clinton "the first black President"? Here's an update: Obama is the first black Bill Clinton.

    But, hey, a queen got to decorate the White House for Christmas and the next Easter Egg Hunt is only a few months away.

    Posted by: DividedPeople | Dec 7, 2009 11:40:36 AM


  8. Rulings from the ninth circuit affect the West Coast only. The 2nd circuit covers DC and the surrounding areas. Also, they would await a decision on the ruling by the justice dept. It's all very procedural in the Federal world.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 7, 2009 5:21:15 PM


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