Name: Jenny Rain
City: Washington, DC
Family Facts: Jenny has 2 dads!
VICTORY! New Labor Rule Allows Employees Across the U.S. to Take FMLA Leave to Care for a Same-Sex Spouse
This morning, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a new rule allowing employees to take unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for their same-sex spouse, regardless of where the couple lives. Previously, employees were only eligible to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse if they lived in a state that recognized their marriage – meaning couples living in the states that do not recognize same-sex marriages could not access this critical benefit. Today, same-sex couples living in every state are permitted to take FMLA leave to care for one another, as long as their marriage was valid in the state where it was celebrated.
Today, our Legislative Counsel Michael Porcello attended the introduction event for the Healthy Families Act. Family Equality Council supports the Healthy Families Act and urges you to take action TODAY! Contact your Members of Congress and tell them no family should have to choose between their work and their health!
People get married because they believe marriage is some kind of beautiful box filled with everything they desire in life: companionship, intimacy, friendship, and love. But the truth is that marriage is nothing but an empty box that gets filled with whatever the two partners bring into it. And it’s up to the partners in every relationship to define their marriage - not you, not me, and not even the state or the federal government.
It’s an exciting day in Alabama as the state begins issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples, but couples looking to wed should be cautious.
Although many probate judges throughout the state have started issuing marriage licenses, they are doing so in direct opposition to an order by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.