Washington Blade
September 19, 2013

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate were set to introduce on Thursday a bill that would ensure gay federal workers would have access to employee benefits for their same-sex partners even if they’re not legally married, according to two sources familiar with the bill.

The Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act was set to be introduced in the House by gay Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and in the Senate by lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).

Under previous versions of the bill, a federal employee could gain access to health and pension benefits for a same-sex partner if the employee submitted an affidavit to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management certifying the relationship.