U.S. State Department extends equal benefits to gay employees

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hillaryclintonSecretary of State Hillary  Clinton is preparing to release a memo soon advocating equal benefits to all State department employees. Some of the passages from the memo include…

“Historically, domestic partners of Foreign Service members have not been provided the same training, benefits, allowances and protections that other family members receive. These inequities are unfair and must end.”

“Providing training, medical care and other benefits to domestic partners promote the cohesiveness, safety and effectiveness of our posts abroad.”

“It will also help the department attract and retain personnel in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits and allowances are increasingly the norm for world-class employers.”

“At bottom, the department will provide these benefits for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners because it is the right thing to do.”

The memo which was obtained by AP has not yet been made public. Any policy changes will not take effect immediately however as they are  subject to an inter-agency review before being implemented. Currently, domestic partners are been denied benefits because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which does not permit the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages.

Post by ILO on 05/24/09 at 2:51 pm