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BREAKING NEWS!!!!—-Attorney General Eric Holder Will Extend Federal Government’s Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriages Even In 34 States That Don’t Consider It Legal

February 8, 2014

Forward!

In a new milestone for gay rights, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. will issue a directive Monday expanding government recognition of same-sex marriages to all federal courtrooms and prisons, and some federal benefits programs.

The new policy, which Holder plans to announce Saturday night at a gay rights dinner in New York City, means the Justice Department will not object if gay or lesbian partners refuse to testify against their spouses in federal criminal and civil cases, and will push for them to be accorded the same rights in Bankruptcy court as other married couples.

These privileges will be extended to same-sex couples even in states that do not recognize their marriages as long as they were legally married in another state.

4 Comments
  1. Tom permalink
    February 11, 2014 10:46 AM

    Perhaps you are right about this–I hope so. I’ll have to go back and read about the DOMA decision. Thanks.

  2. Alinka17 permalink
    February 11, 2014 9:27 AM

    Tom,

    I believe I lost you in the end. How can the Constitution not be a living document ? It’s interpretation changes with societal progress. Of course rights aren’t constant. When it was written and for a nice bit of time afterwards, some of the “all men that were created equal, with rights etc. ” were sold as property to other created equals. Then we added women to the list of those created equal, blacks became equally entitled to the front seats of a bus… Thank God for that , who needs a dead (as my basil plant (sob, sob)) Constitution?

  3. February 10, 2014 11:16 AM

    These changes for same sex couples aren’t a bunch of executive orders, they’re a result of a court order. Remember when the Supreme Court struck down key parts of DOMA? This policy change is the result of that court ruling. So no, a GOP president/or AG can not undo this, unless he/she wants to blatantly break the law by ignoring a court order. The new policy follows similar moves by the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS after the court invalidated a key part of DOMA which had defined the institution of marriage for federal purposes as limited to heterosexual couples.

  4. Tom permalink
    February 10, 2014 10:37 AM

    Okay, so you get something you want (and I realize the valid civil rights at stake here) but what about the Constitution and rule of law? Holder is not a law maker. He has no authority (or only the most transient authority) to do this even if it is really Obama behind him. When the next AG comes in, perhaps one far more conservative than myself, he might just declare that Holder’s imperial decrees are now void. While you might not like this, both actions would have the same legal and moral standing.

    First the Constitution is a living document, and therefore transient. Then the same is true of our laws and the process necessary to make them. We cannot, then, argue that any rights are constant. Finally they will be lightly taken away.

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