Obama Grants Gay Couples Family Leave to Care for Kids

June 22, 2010

(ChattahBox)—In a move that is long overdue in the workplace, President Obama will issue an executive ruling, granting gay workers family leave to care for the children of their partners. The new Labor Department policy is being hailed by the LGBT community, as a necessary benefit when our country has about one million same-sex partners raising nearly two-million children, according to Jennifer W. Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council.

According to the report by the New York Times, the new ruling expands the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, to include caring for children of same-sex partners:

“Under a 1993 law, people who work for a company with 50 or more employees are generally entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or for a spouse, son or daughter with ‘a serious health condition.” The new ruling indicates that an employee in a same-sex relationship can qualify for leave to care for the child of his or her partner, even if the worker has not legally adopted the child.”

The new ruling will be issued Wednesday.

See The New York Times for more.


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