From today's Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012602039.html They are asking for partners to be given the same funds for travel abroad and accommodations as a spouse. This means that US diplomats in foreign posts could be hosting a dinner for foreign diplomats and others with their "partner" as a sort of spouse. This is totally unacceptable, imo. My father was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) with the State Dept. I cannot imagine the scenario proposed above - no matter how liberal other nations may be, this would lower the dignity and moral face of the U.S., imo.