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Jun 2, 2010 7:31 PM by Greg Boyce

President Obama extends benefits to gay and lesbian partners

President Obama sent a memo Wednesday to departments in the executive branch of government extending benefits to same sex partners of government employees as much as is possible under existing laws.

The ruling includes children of same-sex domestic partners.  This would cover child care subsidies and child care services. The memo clarifies that, for purposes of employee assistance programs, same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as "family members."

Also included would be access to fitness facilities, planning and counseling services.

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