DOJ Makes Same-Sex Spousal Benefits Official

Yaas. Today, U.S. attorney general Eric Holder published the Justice Department's formal guidance on how to treat legally married same-sex couples. According to The Advocate:

"The formal announcement confirms that the federal government will extend most of the benefits and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples whose marriage was legal in the jurisdiction where it was performed, regardless of where the couple resides permanently. Legally married same-sex spouses will be granted the same privileges as opposite-sex married couples when it comes to testifying against a spouse in court, declaring bankruptcy, and visiting a spouse who is incarcerated. 

Holder's policy memo establishes that "It is the Department’s policy, to the extent federal law permits, to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible, and to recognize all marriages valid in the jurisdiction where the marriage was celebrated."

Read the full memo HERE.