NEW YORK, NY – Good news for same-sex couples: Your rights are about to get a lot more equal.
Attorney General Eric Holder made a major announcement Saturday night at an event held by the Human Rights Campaign.
“I will issue a new policy memorandum that 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,” Holder declared.
Translation: the Justice Department will be giving same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to things like filing for bankruptcy, testifying in court, visiting their partners in prison, and more.
This is a pretty major milestone for same-sex couples, but the fight for rights is not over yet.
Holder also told the crowd, “I pledge to you tonight that we will never stop working to ensure that equality under the law is protected by the law.”
Strong words from the attorney general. With the Justice Department as an ally, it sounds like same-sex couples can continue to look forward to a much more equal future.