Senate committee clears domestic partnership bill, but faces uphill climb
- yeah… The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would grant benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers.
- but…The bill still has to pass both the Senate proper and the GOP-controlled House of Representatives before becoming law—and something tells us John Boehner won’t be rushing to bring this one up for a vote. source
» The nitty-gritty: The bill was co-sponsored by 23 senators, including one Republican (Susan Collins of Maine). It passed the committee easily, via a bipartisan voice vote, and is actually rather narrow in scope: It only provides benefits for unmarried, same-sex domestic partners of federal workers. Married same-sex couples—and unmarried opposite-sex couples—are not included. The range of benefits provided, though, is pretty huge: medical, long-term care, disability, life insurance, workers’ comp, retirement, and more.