Feds Plan New Protections for Same-Sex Marriages
Holder's Justice Department calls for equality
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2014 3:00 PM CST
In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Thirty-four states don't recognize same-sex marriage—but when it comes to criminal justice, the attorney general is ready to afford all marriages the same protections. "In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections, and rights as opposite-sex marriages," Eric Holder will say in a speech ahead of a department memo Monday, CNN reports.

That means equality when it comes to prisoners' rights, bankruptcy filing, and court testimony, the New York Times reports. For instance, spouses will have the right to refuse to give testimony incriminating a partner; same-sex couples can jointly file for bankruptcy; and prisoners can receive furloughs to aid a spouse in trouble, the Washington Post explains. Holder's speech will be given to the Human Rights Campaign today. The move affects just some of the government-estimated 1,100 federal laws and other measures tied to marriage, the Times reports.

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Feb 10, 2014 3:26 PM CST
When you open a can of worms, worms are going to come out. BO and the Backside Boys: Opening one can of worms after another...........Liberalism is cancer
Feb 9, 2014 9:10 PM CST
Why mariage betsows any additonal benefits over single people is the real issue here....
Feb 9, 2014 8:45 PM CST
solve the problem!! just like lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma. there ya go!!