Obama to OK benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers

Jun 17, 2009 | Posted by: belizerealtor | Full story: www.cnn.com

President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said. President Obama has been criticized by gay rights activists for not doing more since taking office.

President Obama has been criticized by gay rights activists for not doing more since taking office.

It will provide some health care benefits, but will stop short of full health coverage, the officials said. Details of the benefits were not immediately available.

The signing, which will take place in the Oval Office, follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which effectively bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions by defining marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband wife" and a spouse as "a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."

The motion used the government's interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

"I have to say, as a federal employee, I'm really disappointed," Lisa Polyak, 48, of Baltimore, Maryland, said of Obama's expected memorandum.

Polyak, who has worked for the federal government for more than two decades, is with the Army Medical Department. She was among the two dozen authors of the Dallas Principles, a set of eight statements that seek to guide the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community toward "full civil equality," according to the document's preamble....

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Although I am totally against this move, I am thankful that the President did not extend health care benefits or pension benefits. Clearly this was a move to put a bottle in the mouth of the whining homosexuals pushing for same-sex benefits and marriage. It's good to know that the president stands firm in his opinion that marriage is between one man and one woman!

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Enjoy the video Sheila!

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

You should pay close attention to the President's statement where he promises the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act - the very reason for the inability to extend health care and pension benefits to same-sex federal employees.

The infamous "DOMA," or "The Defense of Marriage Act," enacted during Bill Clinton's administration with his signature, is also the law that for federal purposes defines marriage as a relationship limited to being between one man and one woman.
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Although I am totally against this move, I am thankful that the President did not extend health care benefits or pension benefits. Clearly this was a move to put a bottle in the mouth of the whining homosexuals pushing for same-sex benefits and marriage. It's good to know that the president stands firm in his opinion that marriage is between one man and one woman!

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Enjoy the video Sheila!
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
You should pay close attention to the President's statement where he promises the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act - the very reason for the inability to extend health care and pension benefits to same-sex federal employees.
The infamous "DOMA," or "The Defense of Marriage Act," enacted during Bill Clinton's administration with his signature, is also the law that for federal purposes defines marriage as a relationship limited to being between one man and one woman.
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It is a historic step but just a step. Now it is time to work on the next step.
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Just days ago, the Obama Administration defended the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Homosexuals were compared with the likes of incest. It looks like DOMA has a friend in the White House.
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Connie Clear wrote:
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It is a historic step but just a step. Now it is time to work on the next step.
Connie, just wait until Sarah Palin is elected President. What was done with the stroke of a pen can be undone with the stroke of another pen. Something to think about.

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Sheila HTS wrote:
Just days ago, the Obama Administration defended the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Homosexuals were compared with the likes of incest. It looks like DOMA has a friend in the White House.
I just saw some of the signing on the "Telly" and I do have to admit that I am confused. Obama specifically said he wanted DOMA repealed. This makes me wonder very much about the brief from the DOJ

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Sheila HTS wrote:
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Connie, just wait until Sarah Palin is elected President. What was done with the stroke of a pen can be undone with the stroke of another pen. Something to think about.

Other than you don't like us, give me one good reason why Sarah Palin or any other president should undo this executive order. A good reason is a reason that you can back up with facts.

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Connie Clear wrote:
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Other than you don't like us, give me one good reason why Sarah Palin or any other president should undo this executive order. A good reason is a reason that you can back up with facts.
The only "fact" Sheila HTS has is that she hates gay people. She has posted several times about disowning her own son when he came out to her during his sophomore year in college. She says that she and her husband are willing to pay for reprarative therapy, but otherwise they have disowned their own son. She has also bragged about discriminating against gay people in her role as a landlord.

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The only "fact" Sheila HTS has is that she hates gay people. She has posted several times about disowning her own son when he came out to her during his sophomore year in college. She says that she and her husband are willing to pay for reprarative therapy, but otherwise they have disowned their own son. She has also bragged about discriminating against gay people in her role as a landlord.
I know it is just her hate. She refuses to discuss because she knows the Bible does not back her up.
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The good book does back me up. Why don't you try reading it. Also, a good reason for the next president to undo the execuitive order? Simple.....morality.
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Enjoy the video Sheila!
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
You should pay close attention to the President's statement where he promises the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act - the very reason for the inability to extend health care and pension benefits to same-sex federal employees.
The infamous "DOMA," or "The Defense of Marriage Act," enacted during Bill Clinton's administration with his signature, is also the law that for federal purposes defines marriage as a relationship limited to being between one man and one woman.
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What he said to the media and to the public is not what his administration told to the court. DOMA is in full effect and with the support of the good citizens of this country (by calling their elected officials) it will always stand! I say, if a man wants to marry another man, let them move to England.
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http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2009/06/ob...

Here's the link that has the proof of the defense of DOMA.

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The good book does back me up. Why don't you try reading it. Also, a good reason for the next president to undo the execuitive order? Simple.....morality.
To believe the good book backs you up, you have to believe that

1. People become Gay from worshiping idols.
2. A word found no place else in literature magically means "homosexual."
3. Homosexuality is always rape.
4. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ had absolutely no value.

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The good book does back me up. Why don't you try reading it. Also, a good reason for the next president to undo the execuitive order? Simple.....morality.
Well.......if I were you Shelia.......which thank G-D I'm not.......I would not hold my breath about Sarah Palin becoming our next president.

Oh and in case you were ONLY looking at things through your narrow-mind........THE U.S. CENSUS will ACTUALLY be counting all of those LEGAL SAME-SEX COUPLES WHO ARE MARRIED AS MARRIED.

I know......doesn't that just make you ANGRY:)

Oh and how about all of those LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES WHO CAN NOW APPLY FOR A U.S. PASSPORT WITH THE NEW MARRIED LAST NAMES........Man.....that must bother you as well.

Damn, please stay in your closeted state because the REST of the U.S. is going to understand that Gays and Lesbians will continue to get legally married.

I personally can't wait to see your PATHETIC EXPRESSION when WEST VIRGINA ALLOWS GAYS AND LESBIANS TO LEGALLY GET MARRIED:)

What a day that will be........I AM CERTAIN YOUR SON WILL BE VERY HAPPY

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Sheila HTS wrote:
Did you even bother to read the article you posted?

It clearly states that the authors of the article DON'T AGREE with what President Obama's brief states.

You might want to try again.

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Sheila HTS wrote:
The good book does back me up. Why don't you try reading it. Also, a good reason for the next president to undo the execuitive order? Simple.....morality.
As another mother of a gay son dearie, you wouldn't know morality if it bit you on the backside;0)

Tell your son to come on over to my house, I can find room to set an extra plate at the table.

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Sheila HTS wrote:
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What he said to the media and to the public is not what his administration told to the court. DOMA is in full effect and with the support of the good citizens of this country (by calling their elected officials) it will always stand! I say, if a man wants to marry another man, let them move to England.
Why England, there are what....6 states now that recognize SSM? Easy and American as apple pie.
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Obama the bureaucratic double tongue and his homosexual bed fellows at it again I see.
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Did you even bother to read the article you posted?
It clearly states that the authors of the article DON'T AGREE with what President Obama's brief states.
You might want to try again.
Can you understand the point of my post? My point is that the Obama administration openly defends DOMA in court. It has nothing to do with the author of that article.
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Why England, there are what....6 states now that recognize SSM? Easy and American as apple pie.
6 states as of now, but efforts to repeal 4 of those states are in full force. And, by the way...I watched the open discrimination toward a homosexual in Huntington, WV yesterday. I was in line at a gas station/mini-mart when a young man (early 20's) came in to turn his job application in. He had a rainbow necklace on and was not all that masculine. He handed the application to the manager and right after he left, the manager looked at the other employee who said, "I think he's a queer." He chuckled and then the application hit the trash! Here, it is still legal to make hiring decisions based on orientation.

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