Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese released a statement praising the offering of "some benefits" to partners of federal workers in advance of a press conference by Obama scheduled for 5:45 this evening.
“Today’s Presidential memorandum committing to a federal workplace free
from discrimination, including the extension of some benefits to
same-sex partners of federal workers, is a welcome and long-overdue
step toward bringing the government’s policies closer in line with what
America’s largest companies understand is good for business. Today’s
presidential signature is the first brick in paving what is a long path
toward equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
We commend President Obama and his administration for taking this
beginning step to level the playing field but we look forward to
working with him to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, overturn 'Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell' and guarantee the entire American workforce is free
Obama to Extend Federal Benefits to Gay Employees – updated [tr]