Peter Graves, a spokesman for the Office of Personnel Management, which administers the congressional pension program, said same-sex partners are not recognized as spouses for any marriage benefits. He said [Gary] Studds' case was the first of its kind known to the agency.

Under federal law, pensions can be denied only to lawmakers' same-sex partners and people convicted of espionage or treason, Graves said.


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Robert and Michael said...

That is why I have not married my partner- we live in Mass., I am a Federal employee and our benefits are denied. Hopefully by the time I retire (15 years !)

Our very noble Congressmen's first name is Gerry, btw...