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Eric Holder

Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (b. January 21, 1951) is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.

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Holder: DOJ prepared to urge Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

| Sunday, July 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is prepared to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country should the high court take up one of the challenges currently before the federal appellate courts.

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ACLU asks Holder to issue statement recognizing Ind. same-sex marriages

| Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban. The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will...

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Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

| Friday, June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage is against the law. The new measures range from ...

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Wis. Democrats seek federal benefits for married, same-sex couples

| Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- The four Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of gay couples who recently wed in Wisconsin. More than 500 couples wed from June 6 to Friday after a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

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Holder: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults ‘perpetuates worst kind of stereotypes’

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday took aim at the Boy Scouts of America, saying it's refusal to allow gay and lesbian adults to serve as scout leaders "perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes." In remarks at an event hosted by Lambda Legal, Holder called the ban "a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding."

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Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

| Friday, March 28, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

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Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Holder to state attorneys general: You don’t have to defend marriage bans

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON — State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.

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Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is.

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Citing DOMA ruling, Holder applies same-sex marriage rights to Justice Dept.

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

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