US Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder announced changes homosexual rights “designed to continue the push for gay rights in the nation”. Holder and the federal government have plans on putting gay marriage on same legal footings as traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
U.S. Justice Department to expand rights of gay married couples
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Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced widespread changes within the U.S. Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases.
The changes, unveiled by Holder in a speech to a gay rights lobbying group in New York, are designed to continue the push for gay rights in the nation after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year said the federal government cannot refuse to recognize same-sex marriages carried out in states that allow them.
Gay marriage is permitted in only 17 of the 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia.
U.S. law has long included a “spousal privilege” that protects communications between a husband and wife so that they cannot be forced to incriminate one another in court.
In addition to extending the privilege to same-sex couples in situations involving the Justice Department, Holder told the Human Rights Campaign that he plans to put same-sex couples on the same legal footing as opposite-sex couples in other areas, including how certain debts are handled in federal bankruptcy proceedings and visitation policies at federal prisons.
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Press release from the Family Research Council
Justice Department Announcement Illustrates Administration’s Lawlessness
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, news reports indicated that Attorney General Eric Holder will announce sweeping recognition to “marriages” of same-sex couples, even in natural marriage states.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
“The news that the Justice Department will extend sweeping recognition to ‘marriages’ of same-sex couples, even in states that do not recognize such unions, is yet another illustration of the lawlessness of this administration.
“While the Supreme Courts ruling in the Windsor case last summer required the federal government to recognize such unions in states which also recognize them, the Court was conspicuously silent on the status of such couples when they reside in a state which considers them unmarried. The Obama administrations haste to nevertheless recognize such unions in every state actually runs counter to the Windsor decisions emphasis on the federal governments obligation to defer to state definitions of marriage.
“Attorney General Holder’s announcement — like his recognition of same-sex ‘marriages’ in Utah despite the Supreme Court granting a stay of the District Court decision overturning that state’s definition of marriage — illustrates the importance of Congressional action to pass the State Marriage Defense Act (H.R. 3829), introduced by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas). It would require the federal government to defer to state definitions of marriage — as required by Windsor — by not treating persons as ‘married’ when they are unmarried according to the law of their state of legal residence,” concluded Perkins.
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