POLITICS
04/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Being Forced To Confront Issue Of Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON -- Just seven weeks into office, President Obama is being forced to confront one of the most sensitive social and political issues of the day: whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

In separate, strongly worded orders, two judges of the federal appeals court in California said that employees of their court were entitled to health benefits for their same-sex partners under the program that insures millions of federal workers.

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