WASHINGTON – Happening today in Washington the U.S. Justice Department is unveiling new rules and policies providing same-sex marriages with equal rights and protections.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday the justice department will now extend federal benefits to all same-sex couples, even in states like Oklahoma that don’t recognize same-sex marriage.
In addition, same-sex spouses of federal prison inmates will receive the same rights and privileges as opposite-sex spouses.
Same-sex spouses will also qualify for benefits under the numerous programs including the September 11 victim compensation fund the justice department administers.
This is the latest application of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.