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At Netroots Nation, the progressive blogosphere conference happening up in Pittsburgh this weekend, Bill Clinton says he has them about the Defense of Marriage Act and its impact on federal employee benefits. Clinton said:

"I didn't like signing DOMA and I certainly didn't like the constraints that were put on benefits, and I've done everything I could -- and I am proud to say that the State Department was the first federal department to restore benefits to gay partners in the Obama administration, and I think we are going forward in the right direction now for federal employees."

September 15 will be a big deadline for seeing what agency heads think they can do to change policies that impact gay and lesbian federal employees. Beyond that, it's up to Congress.

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