Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Domestic Partner Benefits


John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Distinguished Speaker:

Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, Principal, The Albright Group LLC

Roundtable Discussion:

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

Closing Remarks:

Michael Guest, Former Ambassador to Romania

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In 1997 President Bill Clinton nominated Jim Hormel to be the first openly gay Ambassador to Luxembourg. After a 20-month politically divisive battle, Secretary Albright swore in Ambassador Hormel. Two years later, in 2001, President Bush nominated Michael Guest to be ambassador to Romania. While there was no battle for confirmation, what both ambassadors had to cope with was an inequitable system that treated them and their committed partners differently under the law.

Federal Employees, whether in the foreign service or working in a regional office of HHS, are denied the ability to purchase domestic partner benefits. The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S. 2521 and H.R. 4838) would provide domestic partnership benefits to all federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits. These benefits, available for same sex domestic partners of federal employees, would include participation in applicable retirement programs, compensation for work injuries, and life and health insurance benefits.

By offering health benefits to the domestic partners of federal employees, employment practices in the federal government would be in line with those of America’s largest and most successful corporations, including AT&T, General Motors, and Raytheon.

Join us and our distinguished guests for a provocative conversation about the legislation, leadership, and trends of domestic partner benefits.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Program: 12:00pm to 2:00pm Admission is free.

A light lunch will be served.

Center for American Progress Action Fund 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center