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Clinton: Gay U.S. diplomats to receive equal benefits

Secretary of State Clinton says current system is ‘unfair and must end’

From an AP story on MSNBC.com

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will be given benefits similar to those that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy, U.S. officials said Saturday.

In a notice to be sent soon to State Department employees, Clinton says regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families the same rights and privileges that straight diplomats enjoyed are “unfair and must end,” as they harm U.S. diplomacy.

Read the complete story on MSNBC.com here.