WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is extending child care, medical leave and other benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Obama on Wednesday directed federal agencies to immediately begin allowing domestic partners and their children some of the same rights available to spouses and children of employees. That includes child-care services and subsidies, expanded family and medical leave and relocation and other benefits.
Obama's memorandum covers only benefits that can be extended under existing law, without congressional action. Legislative action would be required for a full range of health care and other benefits.
It's the president's latest step on gay rights. He's also supported a rollback of the military's "don't ask don't tell" that governs gay military members.