Hump Day Happiness #8

It’s been far too long, mostly due to the fact that I am so fucking happy with my own life that I have no time to blog. That said, without any further ado, I present you with a list of happy things.

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In slightly older news, on June 3, 2010, Obama signed a memorandum that will extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees (as reported on Carnal Nation). These benefits will include access to medical treatments, relocation aid, credit unions and fitness centers. However The Defense of Marriage Act will still prevent same sex partners from receiving primary health insurance and pension benefits. At least it is a step in the right direction.

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In gay marriage news, Iceland legalized gay marriage with an unanimous vote (via Reuters) and a lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to wed in Portugal (via Geek Porn Girl).

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Finally, the U.S. Department of State announced a new policy regarding gender change on passports. Citizens now need only present certification from a medical physician that they have undergone clinical treatment for gender transition in order to have their passport report a new gender. During the transition process, applicants can also to obtain a limited-validity passport. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer required to be issues a passport.

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