clintonNewly appointed Secretary of State has already got her handsbill full. It seems her first order of business is deciding whether or not to fix aging State Department rules that do not provide benefits past “member of household.”

Currently, the State department does not offer most benefits that straight spouses are afforded. Including training for accompanying partners who are diplomats headed overseas, emergency evacuations, or access to medical services.

The biggest group of the lobbyists for these changes is being led by Wisconsin Congresswoman (and Out lesbian) Tammy Baldwin. She has put a coalition together of two other Democratic Congressmen, and Republican representative Ileana Ros-Lentinen from Florida, who have sent an extensive letter to Mrs. Clinton.

Unfortunately for Secretary Clinton, although she has lobbied hard for these rights in the past, including in her speech this year at the DNC, the biggest obstacle standing in her way is DOMA, which defines marriage as one man and one woman (at least in federal agencies).

So although she would like to push full steam-ahead with these basic rights, Hillary asked the State employees to be patient as Doma will not be easy to overcome. Who signed that bill? Oh yeah, her husband.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dominique on February 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Remember how the Religious Right sold DOMA (USA), Ammendment 3 (Utah), Prop 8 in (California), Ammendment 2 (Florida)???

    They stated emphatically that they had nothing to do with civil rights, but were only protecting “Traditional Marriage of one man and one woman”.

    Every time a civil rights issue is brought before a legislative body, the religious right emphatically insists that the Marriage legislation that was passed prevents civil rights.


    Thanks for nothing, Billary!


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