U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will be given benefits similar to those of their heterosexual counterparts.
The same? Now less than? Not separate but equal?
In a notice to be sent to State Department employees, Clinton says regulations that deny same-sex couples and their families the same rights and privileges that straight diplomats enjoy are "unfair and must end."
Sing out, Louise!
She says providing training, medical care and other benefits to domestic partners promote "cohesiveness, safety and effectiveness" of U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.
And she says "it will also help the department attract and retain personnel in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits and allowances are increasingly the norm for world-class employers."