Archive for the ‘Family and Medical Leave’ Category

President States Recommitment to LGBT Issues

June 23, 2010

The Obama Adminsitration today extended famaily medical leave protections to same-sex households. In a Pride reception, he also recommitted himself to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the military ban, as well as the passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Watch the entire speech here:

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Giannoulias Expands Partner Benefits

June 14, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias

Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois state treasurer and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that he was expanding benefits for employees in the state’s Department of Treasure to allow greater leave time for same-sex couples. The treasurer’s order will allow employees in same-sex relationships all the benefits accorded to married couples by the Family and Medical Leave Act, including paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a sick partner, and bereavement leave.

Giannoulias called the move “a step toward marriage equality.” The state already grants health care coverage to the same-sex partners of workers. Giannoulias is Greek Orthodox.

Check out coverage here, here, here, and here.