Another step in the right direction. Via Jake Tapper (who has more details):
Today President Obama signed a presidential memorandum extending more benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees: family assistance services, hardship transfers, relocation expenses.
Obama said he...
... “continues to be prevented by existing Federal law from providing same-sex domestic partners with the full range of benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. That is why, today, I renew my call for swift passage of an important piece of legislation pending in both Houses of Congress—the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act” which “would extend to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees the full range of benefits currently enjoyed by Federal employees’ opposite-sex spouses.”
Slowly but surely...
And kudos to the president for doing more than BushCo ever did. Now let's dump Don't Ask Don't Tell, treat transgenders like the people they are, and push for full-on equal rights for gays, lesbians, and transgenders in all ways at all times. Can we finally just do that? Because, come on, discrimination is so Westboro Baptist Church [sic] ago.