Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obama Statement on Memorandum (lgbt benefits)

In 2007, Michael Guest, the first openly gay Ambassador confirmed by the United States Senate, resigned from the Foreign Service. He loved his career, but he had to leave it in the end -- because he believed that the country he served was failing to implement the principles of equality it espoused abroad. His partner was ineligible for training provided to Ambassadorial spouses; he bore the costs of his partner's transportation to his placements abroad; and his partner did not receive the overseas benefits and allowances given to spouses of Ambassadors.

It is too late to prevent Ambassador Guest from having to make the choice he made, but today I am proud to issue a Presidential Memorandum that will go a long way toward achieving equality for many of the hard-working, dedicated, and patriotic LGBT Americans serving in our Federal Government -- Americans like Ambassador Guest. In consultation with Secretary Clinton, who in her role as Secretary of State oversees our foreign service employees, and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, who oversees human resource management for our civil service employees, my Administration has identified a number of areas in which greater equality can be achieved under existing law by extending to the same-sex partners of Federal employees many of the same benefits already available to the spouses of heterosexual Federal employees. I am therefore requesting the Secretary of State and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to extend the benefits they have identified to the same-sex partners of Federal employees where doing so can be achieved consistent with Federal law. I am also requesting the heads of all other executive departments and agencies to conduct a review of the benefits they administer to determine which may legally be extended to same-sex partners.

But this Presidential Memorandum is just a start. Unfortunately, my Administration is not authorized by existing Federal law to provide same-sex couples with the full range of benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. That's why I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It's discriminatory, it interferes with States' rights, and it's time we overturned it....


1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

Dear Queer John :

Good Luck to all My Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, etc .. Friends in their fight.

Minorities should always be supporting Gays, Lesbians, Transgender, etc ...


Proverbs of the Republicans as Dogs - My two cents contribution to Laughter, Entertainment, Fun and the Ridicule of Republican Fools !

Proverbs of Republicans as Dogs :

The dogs bark because we gallop - Don Quixote to Sancho ( Barack Obama as Don Quixote that was the object of gossip in some Spanish towns )

The envious ( Republicans ) are like the little dogs of the Roman Matrons, they bark to the Emperors and the Victorious Generals of Rome. - Philosopher Seneca. ( Fox News Doggies barking to Obama )

The envious ( Republicans ) are ungrateful, they spit to the Sun ( Obama ) that warms them and lights their path. -- Victor Hugo - French Poet, Playwright and Novelist.

The envious ( Republicans ) destroy the garden of the neighbor, because they are too lazy for having Beautiful Flowers and vegetables in spring or summer - Vicente Duque ( Envious of Poets )

The envious ( Republicans ) are fools because they commit a sin ( Envy ) that gives a lot of pain. The other sins give Great Pleasures. - Miguel de Cervantes

The envious ( Republicans ) are fools because they become enemies of those that can advance their careers ( The Democrats that are going to be in power for 40 years, according to James Carville ) - This is from the English Playwright of "Shakespeare in Love" that is killed in a duel, Christopher Marlowe.

More Doggie Proverbs against Republican Envy and Ill Will :

Vicente Duque