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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expected Wednesday to extend benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. But some gay rights activists are taking a wait-and-see attitude.

The move is seen as a nod to his backers from the gay and lesbian community who have become frustrated by what they see as Obama's slow action on their priorities.

The highest-ranking openly gay official in the current administration, John Berry of the Office of Personnel Management, told a gay rally last weekend that the president would act soon on benefits.

But some leaders in the gay community want to see the details. Richard Socarides, a senior adviser on gay rights issues to President Bill Clinton, says Obama's announcement will "fall short" if it doesn't include health insurance.

Frustration among gays and lesbians was recently highlighted when several fundraisers withdrew their support from a Democratic National Committee event. That move followed the release of a Justice Department brief in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Let us know what you think. Should the president extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees? If so, which benefits should be included?

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