John M. Becker

U.S. Now Recognizing Marriages in 6 More States

Filed By John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Eric Holder, gay marriage, marriage equality, recognition, same-sex marriage

Eric-Holder.jpgJust eight days after Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. government will recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, his office has added six more states to the list.

The Justice Department reports via a press release dated October 25:

In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming...

The Attorney General's announcement means couples married in these states will now qualify for a range of federal benefits, including those administered by the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs.

"With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans," the Attorney General said. "We are acting as quickly as possible with agencies throughout the government to ensure that same-sex married couples in these states receive the fullest array of benefits allowable under federal law."

Holder also announced that the Department of Justice has concluded it can legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in Wisconsin and Indiana in June during brief marriage equality windows in those states. The freedom to marry returned to the Badger and Hoosier states this month.

With this latest announcement, the number of states where same-sex couples are recognized by the federal government grows to 32, plus the District of Columbia.

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