DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Mark Pocan
Sent By: Ana.Jara@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3135
Date: 12/11/2013

ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO CONSTITUTIONALLY-PROTECTED
RIGHTS AND BENEFITS FOR ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
Current Bipartisan Cosponsors: Bonamici, Brady, Braley, Capps, Cárdenas, Cartwright, Chu, Cicilline, Cohen, Cummings, DelBene, DeLauro, Doyle, Edwards, Esty, Farr, Fudge, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Alcee Hastings, Higgins, Himes, Honda, Hank Johnson, Kaptur, Langevin, Lee, Lewis, Lowenthal, Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McGovern, McLane Kuster, Meeks, Michaud, Moore, Moran, Patrick Murphy, Pingree, Polis, David Price, Quigley, Rangel, Rush, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schneider, Schwartz, Serrano, Slaughter, Adam Smith, Speier, Swalwell, Takano, Tonko, Tsongas, Van Hollen, Vargas, Velazquez, Walz, Waxman, Welch, and Frederica Wilson
Dear Colleague:
We invite you to join us in sponsoring the bipartisan Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, H.R. 313 which, with its companion bill S. 1529 introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) would ensure that LGBT federal employees have access to the same basic rights and benefits enjoyed by all of our nation’s dedicated civil servants. Our bipartisan legislation would make sure Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 as unconstitutional, becomes a reality for LGBT federal employees across the country.
The bipartisan Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, H.R. 3135, would require the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to effectively eliminate discriminatory practices in federal employment and to institute equal rights and benefits for equal work. This legislation enforces the constitutional protections that require civilian LGBT federal employees be treated fairly under the law and empowers federal agencies to compete for the best and the brightest against the private sector as well as state and local governments. Our bipartisan bill enables federal employees to live in, or move to states that do not recognize same-sex marriages as necessitated by their jobs.
According to OPM, almost 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 18 state governments along with the District of Columbia already offer same-sex domestic partner benefits. It is time for the federal government to follow the lead of the private sector and the states, to guarantee constitutional rights, and to enhance efforts to effectively recruit and retain talented employees to serve our nation.
To become a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, H.R. 3135, or for additional information, please contact Ana Jara (Rep. Pocan) at ana.jara@mail.house.gov or at 5-2906.

Sincerely,

Mark Pocan Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Gerry Connolly Richard Hanna
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