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Same-Sex Couples to Be Eligible for Leave Under U.S. Rule

Same-sex couples in the U.S. would be eligible for leave to care for their spouses regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, under rules the Obama administration plans to propose.

President Barack Obama directed the Labor Department to draft rules that would allow gay and lesbian couples in all states to take unpaid time under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a spouse, the White House said in a statement.