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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional.

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Justice Dept. names openly gay attorney to No. 3 position

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Stuart Delery
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Justice Department's Civil Division has been promoted to the department's No. 3 job, becoming the highest ranking openly gay official to ever serve in the department. Stuart Delery, who argued on behalf of the federal government in a 2012 appeals court case that ultimately led to a Supreme Court decision overturning a key section ...

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DOJ smacks down Nat’l Organization for Marriage request for attorney’s fees

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a blistering response to a motion by the National Organization for Marriage demanding nearly $700,000 attorneys' fees for their lawsuit over the release of confidential tax documents. In June, a federal court ordered the U.S. government to pay $50,000 to the NOM after the group claimed that confidential donor ...

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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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