Last week the Department of Justice submitted a legal brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act against a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. The brief, which contains politically damaging even if legally predictable arguments, caused controversy among LGBT activists. Today, in a move possibly designed to calm that storm, the President will apparently issue an executive order extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. The full details of the rumored plan, however, remain unavailable, but the New York Times reports that it will not include "health benefits."
Note: Outside of pensions and health care, I am not sure what substantial "benefits" the partners of federal employers receive.