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Frequently Asked Questions Same Sex Domestic Partner Benefits

Can Federal employees obtain benefits for their same-sex domestic partners and the children of their same-sex domestic partners?

Yes, with respect to many benefits.  President Obama issued a memorandum on June 2, 2010, requesting all Federal agencies to consider extending benefits currently available to employees’ opposite-sex spouses to employees’ same-sex domestic partners, as long as such coverage could be extended consistent with law.  See the Presidential Memorandum "Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees," at Agencies have reviewed and are continuing to review their programs and proposing or implementing changes to their programs in response to the President’s memorandum, and a number of benefits are now available to same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees that previously were not as described below, under specific benefits.

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