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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ind. Decisions - "ACLU asks for federal recognition of Indiana same-sex marriages"

Here is a statement regarding Michigan issued on March 28th of this year by U.S. AG Holder, quoted in a June 29th ILB post:

Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today on the status of same-sex marriages performed in the state of Michigan:

“I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government. These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages. The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.

“Last June’s decision by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor was a victory for equal protection under the law and a historic step toward equality for all American families. The Department of Justice continues to work with its federal partners to implement this decision across the government. And we will remain steadfast in our commitment to realizing our country’s founding ideals of equality, opportunity, and justice for all.”

The ACLU of Indiana today asked U.S. AG Eric Holder for a similar statement of federal recognition re Indiana. The Indianapolis Star has a story here.

Here is a copy of the ACLU letter.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 11, 2014 02:17 PM
Posted to Indiana Decisions