Looking inside ourselves and out at the world
Independent and neutral with regard to all political and religious orientations,® aims to promote awareness of the major democratic principles on which tolerance is based.

U.S. Justice Department to expand rights of same-sex couples

The U.S. Justice Department is expanding federal recognition of same sex marriages. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages get the same rights, protections, and privileges as heterosexual unions in every federal courthouse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER SAYING: "On Monday 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." The policy change also includes the handling of bankruptcy proceedings and visitation rights at federal prisons. Gay marriage is legal in 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The change will apply to same-sex couples residing even in states where these marriages are not recognised. The new policy follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision last

© DailyMotion -

Comment on this article!
To post a comment, we encourage you to become a member of® or log in if you are already a member. You can still post your commentwithout registering, but you will need to fill your personal information each time.

Become a member (free)   |   Log in

Postings are subject to the terms and conditions of®. Before submitting your message , you must read the Terms and conditions of® and agree to them by checking the box below.
Your name:
  I have read and agree to the Terms and conditions of®.
Follow us on ...
Facebook Twitter