Some benefits for gay couples

It’s a step in the right direction.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes.

Obama said he had directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the families of gay and lesbian federal employees, including family assistance services, hardship transfers and relocation expenses.

How horrible. More families have more equality. Next logical stop: sex with animals. R-right?

Of course, the only way any of these families can actually get more than a taste of equality is through full marital rights – you know, those legal rights that are legally conferred upon people through a legal contract.

2 Responses

  1. I think this is wonderful, but how can the President do it unilaterally, without congressional approval? I guess the lawyers handle figuring it out.

  2. To make any changes to anything that would cost money he does need congressional approval. Whats likely is that congress has given the president the ability to define beneficiaries at some point.

    If there is no such provision than it should be and most likely will be reversed. I’m not sure how expensive this will be, I’d be interested to see the estimates, since we don’t actually have any money for anything.

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