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Federal Judge Sides with Gay Employee Who Sued Catholic Relief Services

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A federal court has ruled that in refusing to provide healthcare benefits for the husband of a gay employee, Catholic Relief Services has broken federal anti-discrimination laws.

For secular jobs, the Baltimore-based humanitarian organization must offer coverage to the spouses of gay employees, U.S. District Judge Catherine C.

Blake, of the District of Maryland, said in her ruling.The employee, known as John Doe, claimed in his lawsuit that he was originally told that Catholic Relief Services would provide health coverage for employees and spouses, no matter their sex.

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