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February 25, 2015

'No matter who you love, you will receive the same rights and protections as everyone else'

The Obama administration has redefined the term 'spouse' to include married gay couples.

The plans, which have been published today by The Department of Labour in a new 52-page document, will grant gay couples the Federal right to job-protected leave from their place of work, so they can take care of a sick partner, child or parent under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).

June 27, 2012

Gay couples included in new paid parental leave legislation

Australia’s welfare system recognised today that same-sex couples need as much support as straight couples when a new child arrives.

Legislation narrowly passed by the house of representatives will make 'Dad and Partner Pay' - two weeks paid leave at the minimum wage - available to the partners of birth mothers or the ‘primary care giver’ in the case of adoption.

Since January 2011, birth mothers and primary care givers have got 18 weeks paid parental leave in Australia. The change in law for fathers and partners will come into effect in January 2013.