BREAKING: (Some) Specifics of Obama’s Benefits for Gay Federal Employees

This just in from the White House regarding what President Obama will announce later today regarding benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees: “For civil service employees, domestic partners of federal employees can be added to the long-term care insurance program; supervisors can also be required to allow employees to use their sick leave to take care of domestic partners and non-biological, non-adopted children. For foreign service employees, a number of benefits were identified, including the use of medical facilities at posts abroad, medical evacuation from posts abroad, and inclusion in family size for housing allocations.”

So: What’s missing? Plenty. Good thing Obama’s memorandum “will also request the heads of all other executive branch departments and agencies to conduct internal reviews to determine whether other benefits they administer might be similarly extended, and to report the results of those reviews to the Director of OPM [John Berry].” We love meaningful terms like “request,” reviews,” and “might be.”


Full “fact sheet” release, next page.