Obama extends family leave rights of gay couples

Our President acts, while Congress does nothing, although in this case, chris doing nothing would be good. AVB

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US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq from the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) –
President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states, a White House official said. Currently, legally married couples are eligible for those benefits if they reside in a state in which same-sex marriage is legal. Obama is directing the Department of Labor to propose a rule extending the FMLA rights even to states where gay unions are not legal. The rule is being issued as Attorney General Eric Holder announces the results of a review of U.S. laws in the wake of the landmark 2013 Supreme Court Windsor decision that held that the survivor of a same-sex couple could claim the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses.

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