Bill Sponsorship: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
A federal employee who has a same-sex domestic partner and the domestic partner of the employee shall be entitled to benefits available to, and shall be subject to obligations imposed upon, a married employee and the spouse of the employee. In order to obtain benefits and assume obligations under this Act, an employee shall file an affidavit of eligibility certifying that the employee and the domestic partner of the employee:
are each other's sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely;
have a common residence, and intend to continue the arrangement;
are at least
18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract;
share responsibility for a significant measure of each other's common welfare and financial obligations
are not married to or domestic partners with anyone else;
are same sex domestic partners, and not related in a way that, if the two were of opposite sex, would prohibit legal marriage in the State in which they reside; and
understand that willful falsification of information within the affidavit may lead to disciplinary action and the recovery of the cost of benefits received related to such falsification and may constitute a criminal violation.An employee or domestic partner of an employee who obtains benefits under this Act shall file a statement of dissolution of the domestic partnership not later than 30 days after the death of the employee or the domestic partner or the date of dissolution of the domestic partnership.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3.
Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
Topic: Civil Rights
Headline: Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees
Headline 2: Sponsored bill for Federal domestic partnership benefits