Senate Panel to Vote on Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of LGBT Federal Workers

Washington Post
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May 16, 2012

A Senate committee plans to vote Wednesday on legislation that would give same-sex partners of federal workers some key benefits, a week after President Obama endorsed marriage for same-sex couples.

The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S. 1910) is scheduled to go before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for a vote.

It would allow same-sex domestic partners of federal workers to get retirement, health, transportation and other benefits. The bill is co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), ranking member Susan Collins (R-Maine) and 21 Senate Democrats.