- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President Obama on Wednesday will sign an executive order extending health care and other benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian federal workers.

A White House official confirmed Mr. Obama will make the change during an early evening Oval Office event billed as “regarding federal benefits and non-discrimination.”

The official said the administration will outline further details Wednesday as the president issues the order.

The State Department made similar changes to its policy recently.

The move comes as he’s faced criticism for not, as he promised on the campaign trail, repealing the President Clinton-era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.

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