Obama orders additional benefits for same-sex partners of executive branch employees

ObamaPresident Barack Obama has ordered child care, medical leave, relocation and other benefits to be extended to the same-sex partners of executive branch federal employees, according to The Washington Post.

The benefits include only those he can offer under existing law. Others need congressional action.

Currently, if an employee is moving with a partner, the employee is sent a bill for half the moving expenses. If they are flying and have a pet, their pet would get an airline ticket and the partner would get a bill.

Last year, we reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton changed rules for State Department employees. Before the change, if an embassy was being evacuated, the employee, partner and their dog would be evacuated, but they’d received a bill for the partner.

In other words, before the change, the federal government was treating dogs better than same-sex partners.

—  David Taffet