The Office of Personnel Management announced late last week that gay and lesbian federal workers with a same-sex partner can now take leave without pay to attend to their family’s educational and medical needs!
The The Office of Personnel Management is crowing about the fact that it’s instructing federal agencies to extend 24 hours of leave without pay each year to gay federal workers, essentially allowing them to attend school functions and medical and dental appointments or to provide care to an elderly partner, Well here’s some news for the OPM and everyone else. Leave Without Pay is granted to any employee Gay or Straight at anytime with a Supervisors or Managers permission. I know. I seasonally work as a Federal Worker.
All this This HYPE of course is to make it look like Obama’s LAME extended fringe benefits to the same-sex partners of federal workers, was actually SOMETHING BIG and to cover the fact that have nothing to do with the MAJOR benefits like same-sex partner Health Insurance coverage, Life Insurance, Retirement and pension access, etc. These “extended benfits” are just garbage, pure and simple and an insult at best. What was given to us are the the least important of all Federal benefits and ones that hat very few lesbians and gays men would ever need, use or want.
Of course Obama cannot extend full benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees unless Congress passes The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act and of course efforts to do so have stalled this year in the House and Senate ever since the CBO estimated that benefits for same-sex partners would cost $310 million over the next 5 years.
The status of ENDA today is bleak for any passage or even work this year and it seems to be, as always the fault of The Senate (That IMO needs to be dismantled)
This issue is just not ready for the Senate,” said an LGBT advocate and political insider who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The procedural aspects of debate would make it way too easy for a [Sen. Jim] DeMint or a [Sen. Tom] Coburn to demagogue.”
Recently Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Blade that lawmakers need to complete their work on “don’t ask, don’t tell” before moving on to ENDA. “Our work is not finished in that regard, so one thing at a time,” Pelosi said.
Well we all know the clusterfuck that the DADT (Non repeal) has become so it looks like we’ve been screwed again.
Right after Obama was elected and the stalling began I predicted that if LGBT rights were not dealt with right away that they wouldn;t be until after the 2010 mid-term election. But then we have will have to deal with the obvious loss that the Democrats are going to dealt on the hill and also to the gearing up for the Presidential election in 2012.
If it hasn’t become clear to you yet that they are slowing fucking us you are blind. In denial. Or both!
There is absolutely no excuse, for not passing ENDA in the Senate. ENDA, passed the senate under Bush when the Dems had a much smaller majority, and the White House had declared it’s firm opposition to the measure.
We are not a priority to them and in all honesty they are beginning to look like in no way do they want to “give” us rights or “allow” us the same rights that their childeren and grandkids have.
We need to start looking at what we can not give to them in return and TAKE what is rightfully ours.