The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
2,200 Foreign Service Workers Call for Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners
February 2, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) recently sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter signed by nearly 2,200 current and former employees of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies, calling for equal benefits for the partners and families of GLBT employees.
The signatories, 92 percent of whom were single or married to someone of the opposite sex, wrote: "We believe that no colleague of ours is a second-class colleague, and no colleague's family is a second-class family."
Currently, some of the benefits provided to married couples are not provided to same-sex partners, including health insurance, life insurance, moving expenses to overseas posts, and emergency evacuation of a high danger post.
During her confirmation hearing, Clinton promised to "take a hard look at the existing policy."