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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:01

A New Package Of Federal Benefits To Be Extended To Same-Sex Couples

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Super news in the US! The Ministry of Justice has announced that more federal protections would be extended to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Eric Holder said that these benefits will apply to same-sex couples legally married including those not living in states that recognize their marriage.

As indicated by NCBNews, under the new directive, government lawyers will operate under the assumption that same-sex spouses should have the same rights in federal courts as opposite-sex couples. [...]

That rule will apply in federal criminal and civil cases, Holder said, “even in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized.”

Same-sex couples will also receive federal death benefits and educational payments given to surviving spouses of public safety officers who suffer catastrophic injuries or die in the line of duty.

Inmates in federal prison who have same-sex spouses will be given the same benefits as those in opposite-sex marriages, including visitation rights and eligibility for compassionate release or reductions in sentences based on the incapacitation of a spouse.

And the Justice Department will take the position that same-sex couples should be treated equally in federal bankruptcy proceedings.


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