It would be a great step forward to get this passed. With the current makeup in the House, I'm not sure I see this going very far. Joe Lieberman can be a tool on many issues, but it's good to see him doing the right thing here and props to Republicans Ros-Lehtinen and Collins for bucking their parties anti-gay activities.
Via The Advocate:
Legislation was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to provide for domestic-partner benefits for federal government employees.
Independent senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Susan Collins of Maine introduced the bill in the Senate, as they have in previous sessions. Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is one of the four openly gay members of the House, and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida introduced it in that chamber.
“The federal government must set an example as an equal opportunity employer,” Baldwin said in a press release. “If we are to treat all federal employees fairly and recruit the best and the brightest to serve in government, we need this legislation.”