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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is extending child care, medical leave and other benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Obama on Wednesday directed federal agencies to immediately begin allowing domestic partners and their children some of the same rights available to spouses and children of employees. That includes child-care services and subsidies, expanded family and medical leave and relocation and other benefits.
Obama said in a statement that while his directive was an "important step on the path to equality," existing federal law prevented him from taking further action to provide same-sex domestic partners with the same benefits offered to heterosexual married couples.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I'm all for equality.
Yet part of me is uneasy about this.
I will have to wait and see how this translates to policy in practice.
Tell me, are we destined for a 'gay rights' affirmative action program?
Don't laugh too hard....
[edit on 2-6-2010 by Maxmars]
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
The only people opposing this are homophobes and bigots, or those religious zealots who want to use their beliefs as basis for law.
Originally posted by joojii
Where do we draw the line? Pretty soon people will be demanding that they marry their pet. People with red hair will claim they are treated unequal against those with blonde or brown hair. To each his own and how a person chooses to live their life, that is their choice but to make society accept your choice does not make for a just society. What purpose does marriage serve other than tax benefits? This just provides more people to use another excuse to milk the rest of us honest folks for our last penny.