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April 15, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
President Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals across the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners as they do to heterosexual married couples. In a memo to his Health and Human Services agency, Obama ordered the secretary to make sure all hospitals getting Medicare and Medicaid money are honoring all patients' advance directives, including those designating who gets family visitation privileges. The order also requires that documents granting power of attorney and healthcare proxies be honored, regardless of sexual orientation.
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BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest private employer in the country, plans to start offering health coverage next year to domestic partners of full-time employees - including those in same-sex relationships. The extension, outlined in a postcard sent to workers this week, follows a series of recent court rulings in favor of gay marriage around the country. Though spokesman Randy Hargrove said it's unclear many people may sign up for the program, he said that more than half of the company's 1.3 million U.S. associates are covered by the retailer's health insurance plan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2000
Jan Breslauer's article on Tim Miller captures the essence of this remarkable artist and activist ("Love Knows No Boundaries," Feb. 6). His performance in "Glory Box" is the culmination of years of challenging work and political struggle. It is unfortunate that it has to be based on the adversity that he and his partner Alistair McCartney are facing now: the homophobic immigration laws that deny same-sex partners the right to stay together in this country. We need to change the immigration laws and also defeat Prop.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- An old copper mining town turned artist enclave in southern Arizona may be the first city in the conservative state to allow the civil union between any couple regardless of sexual orientation. The move comes just days before the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of same-sex marriage and follows a poll showing more than half of Americans support such marriages. Tuesday evening, Bisbee City Council members voted to allow the next best thing to gay marriage. In a first reading of an ordinance, adding a chapter to its city charter, they cleared the way for civil unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997
"Partner Benefits for Gay UC Staff Advance" (Nov. 21) gives the impression that there was no opposition to the speakers who endorsed the plan to give health benefits to the same-sex partners of UC employees. At least two dozen public speakers were heard from, every one of whom spoke for the proposal. I was part of a contingent that vociferously booed speakers who came to the microphone and backed the plan (after they finished their presentation). Regents Chairwoman Meredith Khachigian cut off additional public comments after one hour.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2009 | By Paul Richter
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won praise in June after pushing to extend many federal benefits traditionally provided to diplomats' spouses to gay and lesbian partners. Since then, unmarried heterosexual couples have been lining up to ask for benefits too. They have approached the State Department's personnel office and the diplomats' union, arguing that they are entitled to equal treatment. At least one couple has threatened to challenge the rules in court as discriminatory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1993
In response to "Bias for Gays: Hollywood's Dual Standard," Column Right, July 13: Joseph Farah's mean-spirited attack on the extension of health benefits to entertainment industry employees' (and guild members') same-sex partners misstates the facts and misses the point. I headed the industry task force of benefits experts, lawyers and accountants that drafted the policy, which has now been adopted by four industry employers. Far from creating "special privileges" for gay and lesbian couples, it is simply an effort to eliminate a longstanding inequity by which lesbian and gay workers receive less pay for equal work.
OPINION
March 5, 2000
Cal Thomas and I are usually poles apart politically. But I resonate strongly with his articulate statement ("Gospel Is Being Held Hostage to Politics," Commentary, March 1) about religion and politics. I am a family-values liberal, if that is not too oxymoronic: "family values" in the true sense, not the bigoted exclusivity which that term usually connotes. I deplore the disappearance of moral standards, the deterioration of family stability (I have to say that in my observation, the highest incidence of stable unions and real commitment might be among same-sex partners)
NEWS
June 14, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's human rights tribunal ruled that the federal government must extend health benefits to same-sex partners of government employees. The tribunal's decision was based on complaints by two federal employees who alleged that they were discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation when their applications for benefits for their same-sex partners were denied. "This decision only applies to federal public servants.
NEWS
April 25, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
In a victory for homosexual couples seeking legal recognition, the province of Ontario's highest court has ruled that the federal government's definition of "spouse" is unconstitutional because it excludes same-sex partners. A three-judge panel ruled that the definition of "spouse" should be amended in the federal Income Tax Act to recognize same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. The ruling came in a case involving pension benefits and technically applies only to the Income Tax Act.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has made it easier for same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to receive a share of their retirement benefits, while its lawyers seek equal benefits for legally married gay couples in the Supreme Court. Since 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act has barred federal agencies from recognizing marriages between gay men or lesbians or extending them the benefits due a married couple. But two years ago, President Obama said this barrier did not necessarily extend to unmarried same-sex partners, and he told federal executives to take a close look at the rules to see where equal benefits could be extended.
OPINION
August 22, 2011
When the Obama administration last week announced its intention to review the cases of 300,000 immigrants ensnared in the nation's deportation process, as well as to institute new guidelines going forward — with the goal of distinguishing between those who pose threats to public safety from those who are merely in the country illegally — reaction reverberated along well-worn lines. Enforcement hawks denounced the move as amnesty; immigration doves responded warily, worried that it would substitute for more comprehensive efforts to fix the nation's broken immigration system.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals in the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples. In a memo to his Health and Human Services agency, Obama ordered the secretary to ensure that all hospitals getting Medicare and Medicaid money honor all patients' advance directives, including those designating who gets family visitation privileges. The order also requires that documents granting power of attorney and healthcare proxies be honored, regardless of sexual orientation.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
President Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals across the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners as they do to heterosexual married couples. In a memo to his Health and Human Services agency, Obama ordered the secretary to make sure all hospitals getting Medicare and Medicaid money are honoring all patients' advance directives, including those designating who gets family visitation privileges. The order also requires that documents granting power of attorney and healthcare proxies be honored, regardless of sexual orientation.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2009 | By Paul Richter
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won praise in June after pushing to extend many federal benefits traditionally provided to diplomats' spouses to gay and lesbian partners. Since then, unmarried heterosexual couples have been lining up to ask for benefits too. They have approached the State Department's personnel office and the diplomats' union, arguing that they are entitled to equal treatment. At least one couple has threatened to challenge the rules in court as discriminatory.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2006 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
As Americans debate the merits of immigration overhaul, some gay activists are using the moment to highlight the plight of gay binational couples who are sometimes forced apart by an immigration policy that disregards their relationships. The couples' dilemmas reveal a gulf between the growing social acceptance of gay couples and an aversion to granting them the same kinds of legal rights as married heterosexuals, advocates say.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest private employer in the country, plans to start offering health coverage next year to domestic partners of full-time employees - including those in same-sex relationships. The extension, outlined in a postcard sent to workers this week, follows a series of recent court rulings in favor of gay marriage around the country. Though spokesman Randy Hargrove said it's unclear many people may sign up for the program, he said that more than half of the company's 1.3 million U.S. associates are covered by the retailer's health insurance plan.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has made it easier for same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to receive a share of their retirement benefits, while its lawyers seek equal benefits for legally married gay couples in the Supreme Court. Since 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act has barred federal agencies from recognizing marriages between gay men or lesbians or extending them the benefits due a married couple. But two years ago, President Obama said this barrier did not necessarily extend to unmarried same-sex partners, and he told federal executives to take a close look at the rules to see where equal benefits could be extended.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court ruled in Anchorage that it was unconstitutional to bar benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, a victory for gay rights advocates. Overturning a lower court ruling, the state high court said barring benefits for state and city employees' same-sex partners violated the Alaska Constitution's equal protection clause. Anchorage City Atty.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Eight same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts said Thursday they would file suit today to challenge the 1913 law that had blocked nonresident gays and lesbians from marrying in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Also planning to file suit today are the clerks of 12 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
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