Obama Extending Federal Benefits to Gay Partners
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 9:08 PM CDT
President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House today.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – President Obama plans to announce tomorrow that he's extending benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, the Washington Post reports. The move, a victory for gay rights activists, will give the partners access to health care and other benefits. Obama's been under steady criticism from the gay community for not embracing same-sex marriage and for stalling on his promise to lift the military's don't-ask-don't-tell policy.