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President to authorize benefits for same-sex couples

June 17, 2009 by  

President to authorize benefits for same-sex couplesWhite House officials have announced President Obama will sign a memorandum on Wednesday which will extend health and other benefits to gay partners of federal employees.

Media reports have suggested the timing of the announcement may be related to the barrage of criticism from gay rights groups the administration has been facing in recent days.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department filed legal papers in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions as marriages. Shortly before that, the government had expressed support for the Supreme Court recent decision to uphold the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

While calling today’s decision "terrific," Richard Socarides, an adviser to the Clinton administration on gay issues, said Obama had promised much but delivered little thus far, quoted by the New York Times.

"So more important now is what he says about the future for gay people during his presidency," he added.

Meanwhile, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins has said the president’s move violates the DOMA.

"[The executive order] uses taxpayer money to placate an angry portion of his base at the expense of the rule of law," Perkins commented.

He added the FRC lawyers intend to look closely at the new law to determine what further course of action to take.

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  • william pomroy

    Let them be, a higher power will sort it all out, in the far away future.

    • rodin

      In the meantime, they can get what they pay for, instead of subsidizing all the straight couples.

  • Eric g

    If they can get benifits in there union , what happends when they change partners , same as us . How long do you have to be married to collect on social security , If You have many mates can they all collect half of your check Five half are 250 % not a impossibility . this is great , but it maybe contributing to our bankruptcy So one in Six kicking in their fair share

  • Independent

    Rodin says “In the meantime, they can get what they pay for, instead of subsidizing all the straight couples”

    In the meantime, as it has been forever, the single heterosexual will be subsidizing the homos as well as paying for the married people (or not) to educate their kids, pay their welfare, etc. all while watching them make more money because they are married. I couldn’t afford to buy a home while in the service, but watched the married people retire with a home paid for by their housing allowance. Until that is evened out, con’t cry your crocodile fairy tears to me.

  • bobk90

    I say let same-sex couple get Life or Health Insurance but make them PAY a HIGHER PREMIUM because of the RISKY LIFESTYLE. The higher premiums would not be any different than ‘new drivers’ or someone who gets a DWI, who are put into a High Risk bracket. This could not be considered discrimination against the Gay/Lesbian community, it is just based on the facts.

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    When we become a Muslum country, they will all get what they deserve.
    We have a Mulsum President already, with a court that is going to reconize the Mulsum religious law.

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