John M. Becker

BREAKING: U.S. Will Recognize Michigan Marriages

Filed By John M. Becker | March 28, 2014 10:10 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Eric Holder, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Michigan, Rick Snyder, s ame-sex marriage

Eric-Holder.jpgThe U.S. Department of Justice has just announced that the federal government will recognize all legal same-sex marriages performed in Michigan on March 22. This means that married same-gender couples in Michigan will be eligible for federal benefits, despite Governor Rick Snyder's refusal to grant them state benefits.

From Attorney General Eric Holder, via press release:

"I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government. These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages. The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.

"Last June's decision by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor was a victory for equal protection under the law and a historic step toward equality for all American families. The Department of Justice continues to work with its federal partners to implement this decision across the government. And we will remain steadfast in our commitment to realizing our country's founding ideals of equality, opportunity, and justice for all."

Well done, Attorney General Holder. Thank you!

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