Shaheen pushes expansion of federal benefits to non-married gay couples

On Friday, the administration will call on Congress to pass a handful of bills — sponsored by Democrats, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) and Mark Udall (Colo.) — aimed at extending those benefits to same-sex couples in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.


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