"The benefits are amazing."
This may be a phrase soon heard from unmarried partners of government workers, straight and gay alike. That's because today, President Barack Obama is expected to extend benefits for federal workers (including healthcare) to the unmarried domestic partners of those workers, Reuters reports. Though specific details have not yet been provided, the benefits are thought to be available to couples both heterosexual and homosexual. Same Sex Marriage Would Boost Maine's Economy
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Just Tuesday, an editorial in the New York Times voiced an opinion of disappointment that the Obama administration was falling short of and not living up to the campaign promise to protect gay rights in America. This public opinion may have been sparked by the Justice Department's release of a briefing last week that supported the Defense of Marriage Act. This law protects states' right to not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and also plainly denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples.