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Senate panel to consider same-sex benefits bill this week

A Senate bill that aims to provide health care and other benefits to domestic partners of federal employees is set for markup Wednesday.

A Senate bill that aims to extend health care and other benefits to domestic partners of federal employees is set for markup May 16, the Washington Times reports.

The markup of the legislation by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee comes in the wake of President Obama’s announcement last week expressing support for gay marriage, notes the Times.

Michael Cole-Schwartz, director of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, said advancment of the bill – sponsored by Committee Chairmen Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) – “will showcase how important benefits equality is for the federal government to recruit and retain the best talent,” according to the report.

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