Does the Department of State consider lesbians and gays for employment? What if I have a same-sex live-in partner?
It is the policy of the Department of State to provide equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. There are many new provisions for declared same-sex domestic partners of eligible employees serving overseas: diplomatic passports (for US citizens), inclusion on employee travel orders to and from posts abroad, shipment of household effects, inclusion in family size calculations for the purpose of making housing allocations, family member preference for employment at posts abroad, use of medical facilities at posts abroad, medical evacuation from posts abroad, emergency travel for partners to visit gravely ill or injured employees and relatives, inclusion as family members for emergency evacuation from posts abroad, subsistence payments related to emergency evacuation from posts abroad, inclusion in calculations of payments of overseas allowances (e.g., payment for quarters, cost of living, and other allowances), representation expenses, and training at the Foreign Service Institute.
Click here to read Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks on Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Foreign Service Employees.
Note: The federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") defines "marriage" as a heterosexual union and defines "spouse" as "a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." These definitions apply for purposes of all federal laws.