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Federal Benefits and the Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees
Wendy Ginsberg (au); John J. Topoleski (au)
The federal government provides a variety of benefits to its 4.4 million civilian and military employees and 4.7 million civilian and military retirees: health insurance; enhanced dental and vision benefits; survivor benefits; retirement and disability benefits; family, medical, and emergency leave; and reimbursement of relocation costs. Federal employees may extend these benefits to eligible spouses and children. The Obama Admin. has extended certain benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees and annuitants. Some Members of Congress argue that same-sex partners of federal employees should have access to benefits afforded married, opposite-sex couples in order to attract the most efficient and effective employees to federal service. Other Members of Congress argue that the law prohibits the extension of such benefits, and, therefore, actions to distribute any spousal benefits to same-sex couples is contrary to both the text and spirit of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This report examines current policies on the application of benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees and reviews certain policy debates about the extension or removal of these benefits. It also presents data on the prevalence of same-sex partner benefits in the private and public sector. Tables. This is a print on demand report.
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