Obama moves to ensure sick leave for gay couples

Created: 06/20/2014 8:01 AM WHEC.com

The Obama administration is moving to ensure that Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, even if they live in a state that doesn't recognize gay marriage.
The Labor Department is announcing Friday it's drafting regulations making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples regardless of where they live in the U.S.
The law lets employees take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse without fear of losing their job.
The White House is promoting the move as part of President Barack Obama's push to expand protections for gays and lesbians. The Obama administration has stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which lets states refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.


84° | 60°
  • Feels like: 85° F
  • Wind: WSW 15mph
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Sun Showers
    59° | 50°
  • Mon Showers
    60° | 46°
  • Tue Morning showers
    64° | 49°
  • Wed More sun than clouds
    73° | 52°