Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act in the 112th Congress

The Next Family

By: Shannon Ralph

The Human Rights Campaign is applauding the re-introduction of the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act in the 112th Congress. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has introduced a bill that would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to include a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild. A companion measure has been introduced in the House, as well.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign applauded this bill, stating, “Under current law, far too many caregivers—including same-sex spouses and partners—are placed in the impossible position of choosing between taking care of their families and maintaining their livelihoods. This legislation would remove an unfair and unconscionable burden on working families and we urge Congress to pass it.”

Families have changed. The 1950s nuclear family consisting of the mom, dad, and 2.5 children has gone the way of disco and the funky chicken. They still exist, but they are not the only dance anymore.  As Americans are finding new ways to create family, our laws need to change to protect our families. I applaud Senator Durbin and encourage everyone reading this to ask your legislators to support ALL families.

 

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