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Family & Medical Leave Act to include gay parents

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

In a move praised by LGBT groups, the U.S. Department of Labor announced June 22 that it would expand the definition of “son and daughter” to make more gay families eligible for coverage under the Family & Medical Leave Act to care for sick children.

“No one who loves and nurtures a child day-in and day-out should be unable to care for that child when he or she falls ill. … The Labor Department’s action today sends a clear message to workers and employers alike: All families, including LGBT families, are protected by the FMLA,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

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GA Spotlight: Georgia Equality

Georgia’s largest LGBT political organization is really two groups in one: Georgia Equality is a political and lobbying group, while the Equality Foundation of Georgia is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on education and advocacy.

Founded in 1995, Georgia Equality is primarily known for its work lobbying at the Georgia General Assembly and efforts to endorse and elect pro-LGBT candidates.

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No LGBT provisions in federal health care reform

The final version of healthcare reform legislation passed by Congress did not include any of the LGBT-specific measures for which groups like the Human Rights Campaign and National Lesbian & Gay Task Force had lobbied.