Federal domestic partners bill advances

Posted on 19 Nov 2009 at 9:34am

Just got this press release from the office of U.S. Rep Tammy Baldwin, the lesbian Democrat from Wisconsin:

“The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today (Wednesday, Nov. 18)  passed the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act (H.R. 2517), authored by Congresswoman Baldwin (D-WI).  Under the legislation, same-sex domestic partners of federal employees living together in a committed relationship would be eligible for health benefits, long-term care, Family and Medical Leave, and federal retirement benefits, among others. The domestic partners of federal employees would also be subject to the same responsibilities that apply to the spouses of federal employees, such as anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements.”

There is a long way to go, but we are making progress. Wish I could vote for Tammy Baldwin.

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