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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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

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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