On June 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum providing certain benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. Prior to the signing, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Secretary of State worked for several months to determine what benefits may be extended without violating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The benefits extended included long-term care insurance and the ability of employees to use their sick leave to take care of domestic partners and non-biological, non-adopted children. The change also made available the use of medical facilities at posts abroad for the partners of foreign service employees, along with medical evacuation and inclusion in family size for housing allocations.
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