Obama Continues to Expand Rights for LGBTQ Americans

June 20, 2014

In the latest move by Barack Obama that would expand the rights of LGBTQ workers, the president directed the Labor Department to draft rules that clarify that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to LGBTQ couples, even in states where same-sex marriage is not legal. FMLA allows employees to take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse, but states that don't recognize same-sex marriage previously have been able to refuse FMLA for LGBTQ families.

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