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Holder applies same-sex marriage ruling to Justice Department

In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).
In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage rights to the Justice Department.

Speaking Saturday night to the Human Rights Campaign in New York, Holder says that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other and should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly. He also says that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

The Justice Department runs a number of benefits programs, and Holder says same-sex couples will qualify for them.

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the Defence of Marriage Act defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Its decision applies to legally married same-sex couples seeking federal benefits.

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