President Barack Obama issued a presidential memo Wednesday outlining certain available benefits that federal agencies will now be required to provide to same-sex partners of federal workers and their families. The guidance builds on a memo Obama issued last June instructing federal agencies to review the benefits they administer in order to determine what could be offered pursuant to current law.
'I am proud to announce that earlier today, I signed a Memorandum that requires Executive agencies to take immediate action to extend to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees a number of meaningful benefits, from family assistance services to hardship transfers to relocation expenses,' President Obama said in written statement (available in full below).
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