5.24.2009

Hillary Clinton: Gay US diplomats will receive equal benefits

Isn't that how President Obama is supposed to implement changes? By just doing it? There are ways around things such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Like an Executive Order suspending all firings until the policy can be "reviewed," for one.

Via HuffPo's Matthew Lee:

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will be given benefits similar to those that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy, U.S. officials said Saturday.

In a notice to be sent soon to State Department employees, Clinton says regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families the same rights and privileges that straight diplomats enjoyed are "unfair and must end," as they harm U.S. diplomacy.

"Providing training, medical care and other benefits to domestic partners promote the cohesiveness, safety and effectiveness of our posts abroad," she says in the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

"It will also help the department attract and retain personnel in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits and allowances are increasingly the norm for world-class employers," she says.

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