Some time this month, openly lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) plans to introduce legislation to grant benefits to the domestic partners of federal employees.
The bill would grant the partners of gay federal employees the same benefits that are available to the spouses of straight employees. Versions of the bill considered in the last session of Congress would have granted benefits such as access to health benefits, life insurance and disability. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) will co-sponsor of the bill in the House and, as in last session of Congress, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will sponsor legislation in the Senate, Goodman said. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will co-sponsor the Senate bill, Goodman said.
(Via Chris Johnson @ Washington Blade)