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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
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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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Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.
LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit brought by a lesbian U.S. Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday.

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Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

| Friday, February 22, 2013
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The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

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DOJ asks Supreme Court to prioritize Windsor’s DOMA challenge

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Saturday, October 27, 2012
Michael Key, Washington BladeEdith Windsor
The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to make the case of an 83-year-old New York lesbian who had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes its highest priority among the pending lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

| Thursday, July 12, 2012
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All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians.

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Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, June 29, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide.

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