Legal News

Federal Benefits to be Extended to Same-Sex Married Couples
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder  said in a speech that the federal government will begin treating same-sex married couples as equals with heterosexual married couples, according to The New York Times.

“In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages,” Holder said.

  
What
Where


The changes Holder spoke of in his speech were initiated last year when the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to refuse federal benefits to same-sex married couples. Holder supported the ruling when it was issued.

The Obama administration has rewritten federal rules that now allow same-sex couples to receive Medicare and file taxes jointly since the ruling was issued by the court.

“These issues are very much at the center of this administration’s civil rights legacy,” said Ian S. Thompson. Thompson works on same-sex issues for the ACLU.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Holder spoke in front of the Swedish Parliament and called the fight for gay and lesbian rights one of “the defining civil rights challenges of our time.”

“As all-important as the fight against racial discrimination was then, and remains today, know this: My commitment to confronting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity runs just as deep,” Holder said.



It has been estimated by the government that some 1,100 federal regulations, rights and laws are affected by marital status. Holder said that he wants to make many of those provisions apply to both heterosexual and gay couples.

Same-sex couples will have protections under the spousal privilege during court cases and criminal investigations. This rule states that spouses cannot be forced to testify against their spouse.

Same-sex spouses of police officers killed in the line of duty will be eligible for federal benefits. The Justice Department said it will make same-sex couples eligible for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund as well.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Attorney with 7-10 years of business litigation experience

USA-CA-Century City

Small to mid-size Century City law firm is seeking an attorney with 7 - 10 years of business litigat...

Apply Now

Project Finance and Energy Attorney with 6 years of experience

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of top firm seeks class 2012 associate with energy and project finance experience.

Apply Now

Real Estate Attorney with 2-4 years of experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Respected mid-size Dallas firm is seeking a real estate attorney with 2-4 years of experience.

Apply Now

IP Patent Prosecution Agent with 2-4 years of physics experience

USA-WI-Milwaukee

Milwaukee office of our client seeks IP patent prosecution agent with 2-4 years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal Assistant / Paralegal

USA-TX-Houston

Our  law firm is currently seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of a Legal Assist...

Apply now

Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH

USA-NH-Lebanon

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Commercial an...

Apply now

Business Law Associate | Burlington

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join its very busy pr...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top