A Senate committee has approved legislation that would give benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers, according to the Associated Press.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full Senate. Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman has introduced similar legislation in the last four Congresses, and the Senate failed to pass these previous versions of the bill. The bill received committee approval in the last Congress, but it was not scheduled for a vote.
While the committee acted just weeks after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage, the legislation is focused only on equalizing benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees.
To qualify, both domestic partners must file an affidavit stating the individuals are in a committed domestic partnership and that they expect it to continue indefinitely.