03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gay Congress Members Still Face Inequality

When the partner of freshman Colorado congressman Jared Polis went to get his Congressional Spouse ID last February at Member Services, he thought the new administration had dawned a new day for same-sex partners of Congress members.

"They just snapped my picture and wrote 'spouse' on it," recalled Marlon Reis, who celebrated his sixth anniversary with Polis in September, though the couple is not legally married. "It took all of five minutes -- it was so easy that it gave me the impression of a semipermanent policy change."

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