Obama Extends Benefits For Gays

BettyJean Kling

The Labor Department will likely announce Wednesday that the Family and Medical Leave Act is being tweaked, giving gay federal employees the right to leave work to care for a child, just as straights can. It’s the latest in a long string of incremental changes President Obama has quietly made since taking office that have expanded federal benefits to gays and lesbians.

 This White House has given gay employees long-term health insurance for their partners, day care, and child subsidies. The Federal Housing Authority can’t consider a loan applicant’s sexuality anymore. And the Census Bureau will count the number of Americans who say they’re part of a same-sex couple. In his Father’s Day address Sunday, the president even mentioned that modern families took many forms – including having two fathers. Though some gay-rights activists are frustrated Obama has been slow to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they generally agree the little changes show the White House still cares about them.

If only he will do something about marriage rights we will finally be a nation who recognizes that the Constitution covers all Americans in that regard, although we are still 3 states short of the ERA which would guarantee Equal rights for ALL.

 Again TMU believes in Freedom of choice in regard to sexual preference. Our Constitution provides for All American Citizens alike.

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2 Responses

  1. Nice! Well said and written Betty Jean.

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