Obama Will Let (Some) Gay Federal Workers Share Gym Memberships

Why is President Obama’s announcement of same-sex partner benefits for federal workers such a big deal? Because there’s a hidden Easter Egg in there; Obama has gone beyond that little memo he signed in June granting health insurance to same-sex partners. This new memo grants “a wider range of benefits” including “access to medical treatment, relocation assistance, credit unions and fitness centers.” And also: “A review by the Office of Personnel Management and Justice Department determined that at least some agencies could also permit credit union and gym memberships and access to counseling services, adoption counseling, and agency events or outings.” Oh, you’re a member of the armed forces? Sorry, none of this applies to you.