Extension of Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Partners and Children of Partners

On June 17, 2009, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing Federal Agencies to extend certain federal employment benefits to employees’ same-sex partners and the children of those partners. The full text of that statement is available here:

On June 18, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton announced benefits for same-sex partners of Foreign Service Employees. Read her statement here. These events received a great deal of press coverage and attention from LGBT advocacy groups. Some of that coverage is linked here:

Organization Statements

Press Coverage