Karen Golinski explains she challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, because it was hurting her family.

Golinski's case is one of several DOMA challenges the Supreme Court will consider hearing this week.

Golinski married her wife Amy Cunninghis in 2008 during the brief period of time California recognized such unions. Citing DOMA, her employer refused to process paperwork adding Cunninghis to her health-care coverage.

In February, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White sided with Golinski, declaring Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional.

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court.

In a video interview with the AP, Golinski explained that she filed the lawsuit because the law was hurting her family.

“You know, like everybody I work hard and I feel like I'm a valuable employee. And again I'm not getting paid the same amount if I have to then pay for a whole separate plan for Amy. … It was really hurting our family,” she said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The court is expected to announce its decision by December 3.

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