President Obama to Extend Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Government Employees
President Barak Obama plans to announce today his decision to extend federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Obama is making this announcement after getting sharp criticism for not seeking to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the U.S. military. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy bars officials from asking a service member about his/her sexual orientation, but it also means that service members can be discharged from the military if they are openly homosexual.
Obama is expected to release more information about the extension of benefits today. This announcement also follows criticism over a Justice Department motion that was filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The DOMA opposes same-sex marriages. The criticized motion filed by the Justice Department used the government’s interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support the argument against same-sex marriages.
For more information, see the article from MSNBC:
The article from CNN: