Update 5:35pm Here’s the final text of Obama’s memorandum. Note the section highlighted in yellow. I don’t get it.
After Obama’s Justice Department filed a legal brief against same sex marriage in which it compared gay unions to incestuous ones and that of an underage girl, his administration (compliments of Sec of State Hillary Clinton) turns around and releases a memorandum that outlines federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees in the civil service and the foreign service.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2009
Fact Sheet: Presidential Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination
In an Oval Office event later today, President Barack Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination. The Memorandum follows a review by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management ant the Secretary of State regarding what benefits may be extended to the same-sex partners of federal employees in the civil service and the foreign service within the confines of existing federal laws and statutes.
Over the past several months, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Secretary of State have conducted internal reviews to determine whether the benefits they administer may be extended to the same-sex partners of federal employees within the confines of existing laws and statutes. Both identified a number of such benefits.
For civil service employees, domestic partners of federal employees can be added to the long-term care insurance program; supervisors can also be required to allow employees to use their sick leave to take care of domestic partners and non-biological, non-adopted children. For foreign service employees, a number of benefits were identified, including the use of medical facilities at posts abroad, medical evacuation from posts abroad, and inclusion in family size for housing allocations.
The Presidential Memorandum to be signed today will request that the Director of OPM and the Secretary of State act to extend to same-sex partners of federal employees the benefits they have identified. The Memorandum will also request the heads of all other executive branch departments and agencies to conduct internal reviews to determine whether other benefits they administer might be similarly extended, and to report the results of those reviews to the Director of OPM.
The Memorandum will also direct OPM to issue guidance within 90 days to all executive departments and agencies regarding compliance with, and implementation of, the civil service laws, which make it unlawful to discriminate against federal employees or applicants for federal employment on the basis of factors not related to job performance.
Is anyone else confused? If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Hillary Clinton is trying to prop herself up as the gay community’s savior – even though she helped Barr write the very anti-gay DOMA. Her timing couldn’t have been any better. She waits until Obama’s DOJ files a very offensive brief defending her precious DOMA, then she steps in with great news for same-sex partners of federal employees? Coincidence? I think not.
If I were Obama, I’d fire that Bush-era holdover who recently filed the brief defending DOMA and I’d fire Hillary Clinton’s shadey ass. Between the two of them, he has way too many enemies on his team.
Michelle Obama’s new job ought to be keepin’ an eye on Hillary Clinton. I think Mrs. Obama can handle that wicked witch just fine.