Obama administration extends family-leave law to same-sex households
June 23, 2010
The US Department of Labor has issued a ruling that extends medical-leave coverage to same-sex households.
In the latest of a series of moves by the Obama administration to advance policies friendly to homosexuals, the Labor Department ruled that the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 applies to same-sex couples, although the legislation never mentions the issue. The ruling requires any business with 50 or more employees to provide leave for a homosexual employee who wishes to care for his partner or for a child—whether or not the child is legally adopted.
The administrative ruling protects homosexual employees against the provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, which stipulates that marriage is a male-female relationship and establishes the norm that a family is headed by a male-female couple.