BHPK partner Michael Stefanilo, Jr., along with associate Monica B. Towle, filed a class action complaint this morning against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on behalf of their client, Ashley Sheffield, an Air Force veteran who was denied access to IVF because she is in a same-sex marriage. A link to the complaint filed by BHPK, the National Veterans Legal Services Program – NVLSP, and Peter Romer-Friedman Law from D.C., is copied below. A press release covering the BHPK-filed complaint, and a companion NY lawsuit filed by NOW-NYC and Yale Law School, can also be found below.
“Ten years ago, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act because that heinous law treated same-sex marriages as invalid and dehumanized LGTBQ+ people,” said Michael Stefanilo, Jr., a partner who leads the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights practice at the Boston-based litigation firm of Brody Hardoon, Perkins, & Kesten, LLP. “There is no excuse for the VA breathing new life into the bigotry that LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans have faced for hundreds of years.”