Thanks to President Obama, gay federal employees now have a few more benefits. Gay federal employees still do not have health care or retirement benefits, but "among other things, grants employees' same-sex partners access to a government insurance program that pays for long-term conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease. They also would be allowed to take sick leave to care for a sick partner or non-biological child."
For those of us that recognize that denying gays legal rights simply because they partner with someone of the same sex, this is welcome news. Really, it's shameful that Congress cannot act boldly on the issue and rescind the Defense of Marriage Act. The act is a gross violation of constitutional contract provisions and boldly legislates discrimination.