Governor Ted Strickland succeeded in getting new regulations that clarify that state employees can use family leave time to attend to “significant others” included partners in same-sex relationships.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR)- a bipartisan legislative committee (and is chaired by a Republican) that reviews and holds limited veto power over administrative rule changes passed the Strickland proposal with virtually no debate.

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new regulations that also clarified that unmarried, same-sex partners also may benefit from the Family Medical Leave Act when their partner delivers or they adopt a child.

According to the Dayton Daily News, porn addict Phil Burress and his “Citizens for Community Values” is contemplating a legal challenge to the Strickland rules, alleging that they violate Ohio’s gay marriage constitutional amendment ban.

Rev. Mike Castle of Cross Creek United Church of Christ said he and his partner would have benefited from the change when they adopted their first son. Castle took time off, but his partner could not.

“These kinds of protections are just as important for gay and lesbians as for heterosexual couples,” he said. “They make gay people like myself and my partner feel more apart of the American culture.”

Matt Naugle’s head to explode in 3 …..  2 ….. 1…..

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