Monday, January 04, 2010

Federal benefits for unmarried couples too

According to the LA Times (via ADF):
Reporting from Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won praise in June after pushing to extend many federal benefits traditionally provided to diplomats' spouses to gay and lesbian partners.

Since then, unmarried heterosexual couples have been lining up to ask for benefits too. They have approached the State Department's personnel office and the diplomats' union, arguing that they are entitled to equal treatment. At least one couple has threatened to challenge the rules in court as discriminatory.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

It is discriminatory.

I wonder how you define a relationship in this context. Do you have to share a residence? Perhaps an enterprising you man or woman might have a "partner" who conveniently pays them a small fee for the privilege. Sublet your insurance coverage to earn extra cash.