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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Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder

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

Friday, March 28, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

Monday, February 10, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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

Saturday, February 8, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Federal government says it recognizes Utah same-sex marriages

Friday, January 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Obama administration will not enforce ban on same-sex veterans benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Holder: Marriage ruling ‘enormous triumph’ – Pentagon moves on benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is an "enormous triumph" for equal protection under the law for all Americans. [ Read more → ]

Holder, Kerry honor LGBT staffers at pride events at Justice, State departments

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Departments of Justice at State celebrated LGBT pride this week, with events attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry, respectively. [ Read more → ]

Eric Holder: Marriage equality ‘really the latest civil rights issue’

Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that marriage equality for gays and lesbians is the next big civil rights issue. [ Read more → ]
Erci Holder

Holder calls on LGBT attorneys to advance cause of equality

Friday, August 24, 2012
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on LGBT lawyers Thursday night to draw on their “considerable passion and expertise” to build on the progress the Obama administration has already made on advancing LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]
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Holder: DOJ won’t defend law barring benefits for gay troops

Friday, February 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday in a letter to Congress that the administration would no longer defend in court a law barring married gay troops from receiving spousal benefits. [ Read more → ]

2011: An ‘epic year of transformation’ for marriage equality in the U.S.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
One leading advocate called 2011 an “epic” year for marriage equality. Was it? While only one state -- New York -- enacted full marriage rights for same-sex couples, it was the most populous state to do so. Five other states also moved closer to marriage equality than ever before. Public opinion shifted dramatically towards supporting equality. And the Obama administration announced that it no longer considers a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act constitutional. [ Read more → ]
Josh Vandiver

Deportation proceedings dismissed in same-sex marriage immigration case

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Another battle which is loosening the Jenga pieces is the bigoted piece of legislation known as DOMA -- officials have canceled the deportation of a Venezuelan man in New Jersey who is married to an American man. [ Read more → ]

Court rules DOMA unconstitutional in bankruptcy case of gay couple

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled late Monday that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, granting a legally married gay couple a joint Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [ Read more → ]
Josh Vandiver (left) and Henry Velandia

Federal immigration judge halts deportation case of same-sex spouse

Friday, May 6, 2011
A federal immigration judge on Friday halted the deportation of Henry Velandia, a Venezuelan native who married U.S. citizen Josh Vandiver in Connecticut last year. [ Read more → ]

Legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be introduced Wednesday

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will be re-introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday, along with a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]

DOJ – DOMA aftermath: Swell or tsunami?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Political decisions are a lot like oceanic earthquakes. First, there’s the quake, and then there’s the wave. So it is with the decision by the Obama Department of Justice to call the Defense of Marriage Act -- or DOMA -- unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

AG Holder sends letter to Speaker Boehner explaining DOMA decision

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner on Wednesday explaining in further detail why he and President Barack Obama have made the decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Full text [...] [ Read more → ]
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