Obama to extend more benefits to same-sex couples
SAN DIEGO – The Obama administration will announce Friday that it plans to make same-sex spouses eligible for emergency family leave to care for their partners regardless of whether the state in which they live recognizes their marriages.
The Department of Labor will issue a proposed rule making clear that the right to time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act is valid for all legally married couples, according to a White House official who asked for anonymity because the news was not yet official.
The official said the Justice Department will also announce that it has completed its review of the impact on federal laws of last year’s Supreme Court decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
That review is expected to conclude that…
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