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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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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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Justice Dept. to train local police forces to work with transgender people

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence.

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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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Federal government says it recognizes Utah same-sex marriages

| Friday, January 10, 2014
Eric Holder
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.

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Justice Dept. files suit against Texas RV park in transgender discrimination case

| Friday, October 11, 2013
Roxanne Joganik
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Texas recreational vehicle park for alleged discrimination against a transgender woman.

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

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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.

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

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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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.

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

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

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