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    Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    After the DOJ defended DOMA last week and his refusal to reverse don't ask don't tell, he totally infuriated the gay rights activists, so, he throws them a bone. I guess it's progress.

    Obama Intends to Extend Federal Benefits to Unmarried Partners | 44 | washingtonpost.com

    Updated 9:23 p.m.
    By Scott Butterworth
    President Obama will announce tomorrow that he is extending federal benefits to include unmarried domestic partners of federal workers, including same-sex partners, White House officials said tonight.

    Obama will sign an executive order implementing the change in the Oval Office, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging the president's announcement.

    The move would give partners of federal employees access to health care and financial benefits such as relocation fees for moves. The State Department announced a similar extension of benefits last month, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling it "the right thing to do."

    The action will come as welcome news to gay-rights activists, who have voiced loud disappointment with Obama's handling of several issues important to their community.
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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    After the DOJ defended DOMA last week and his refusal to reverse don't ask don't tell, he totally infuriated the gay rights activists, so, he throws them a bone. I guess it's progress.


    what it is...
    ... and I'm opposed to these special recognitions ...or taggings if you will of various special interests in the USA.

    'Unmarried Partners' is alot of people but somehow I doubt they mean everyone..IF they do then hey whatever all good everyone is equal.
    ..if they do not then Constitution?

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Who needs a congress?

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    what it is...
    ... and I'm opposed to these special recognitions ...or taggings if you will of various special interests in the USA.

    'Unmarried Partners' is alot of people but somehow I doubt they mean everyone..IF they do then hey whatever all good everyone is equal.
    ..if they do not then Constitution?
    Yeah, they mean everyone "including same sex partners".
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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by The silenced majority View Post
    Who needs a congress?
    Just for the record. Obama has a very long way to go before even approaching Bush's record on EO's (284). Everyone joked that he ruled by EO rather then governed.

    I'm assuming that that's the exact reason Obama doesn't change don't ask don't tell, or DOMA, he's waiting for congress to do it.
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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    I wonder how many billions this adds to the federal deficit?

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I wonder how many billions this adds to the federal deficit?
    A very good question.

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I wonder how many billions this adds to the federal deficit?
    Who cares? It wouldn't be an issue if they were married, would it? So why is it an issue because they're not?

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by CrusaderRabbit08 View Post
    Who cares? It wouldn't be an issue if they were married, would it? So why is it an issue because they're not?
    Except they aren't married, so that doesn't matter. Why should you, as an employee of the government, be able to get taxpayer funded benefits for your boyfriend or girlfriend just because they move in with you? I wouldn't have an issue with doing this for gay couples who have actually been married in states that recognize it, but this bill is extending these benefits to everyone's unwed partner, gay or straight. Celticlord is correct. We can't afford it.

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    re: Obama Extends Fed Benefits to Unmarried Partners, Including Same Sex Partners

    Quote Originally Posted by Don't Tase Me Bro View Post
    Except they aren't married, so that doesn't matter. Why should you, as an employee of the government, be able to get taxpayer funded benefits for your boyfriend or girlfriend just because they move in with you? I wouldn't have an issue with doing this for gay couples who have actually been married in states that recognize it, but this bill is extending these benefits to everyone's unwed partner, gay or straight. Celticlord is correct. We can't afford it.
    Gays shouldn't be punished just because they're not allowed to get married.

    This would be in keeping with those who say that gays should not be allowed to use the term "marriage". Instead, they should have civil unions with all the rights, benefits, and privileges that married couples enjoy. Are you someone who won't even allow them that?

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