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May 24, 2009

State Department will provide benefits to domestic partners

The State Department will offer equal benefits and protections to same-sex and opposite-sex partners of American diplomats, the New York Times is reporting.  The benefits include diplomatic passports, use of medical facilities at overseas posts, medical and other emergency evacuation, transportation between posts, and training in security and languages.  It's unclear whether the policy conflicts with the "Defense of Marriage Act," which State had invoked in the past in refusing to provide such benefits.

If the State Department can do this based solely on a policy decision by Secretary Clinton, why not the rest of the federal government based on a policy decision by President Obama?

-SS

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