SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional.
Lawyers for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group said in court papers filed in San Francisco Friday that they are asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision issued by District Judge Jeffrey White this week.
Ruling in the case of a lawyer who had been blocked from enrolling her wife in a family health insurance plan, White said the Office of Personnel Management could not rely on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act to deny the medical coverage.
House Speaker John Boehner appointed the advisory group last year after the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the marriage law from legal challenges.