Washington, DC - Chairman Edolphus� Towns (D-NY) today announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved H.R. 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009. The legislation makes available certain employment benefits, including health care, to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. H.R. 2517 promotes equality and fairness in the federal workforce, and strengthens the civil service ..H.R. 2517 makes employment benefits available to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees, former employees, and annuitants. In order to receive these benefits, the legislation requires an employee with a same sex domestic partner to certify in an affidavit that his or her relationship satisfies the criteria set out in the Act for establishing a domestic partnership. Once a domestic partnership is established, the employee and the domestic partner are eligible to receive benefits, including health care insurance.
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