The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters, including in U.S. courts, bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.
The expansion of such federal recognition will include 34 states where same-sex marriage isn’t legal, but the new federal benefits being extended to those states will apply only where the U.S. government has jurisdiction, Holder said.
For example, a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts can now have their federal bankruptcy proceeding recognized in Alabama, even though it doesn’t allow same-sex marriages. In the past, the U.S. government could challenge the couple’s joint bankruptcy because Alabama doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.
Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.
A federal emergency disaster has been declared for the counties of Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, Roane and Cabell. Citizens are urged NOT to drink, boil, wash, clean, bathe and give to pets; only for sanitation and fire protection. Those counties water supplies may have been affected by a chemical spill.
US attorney says government will open inquiry into causes of foaming agent spill and safety status of drinking water
The Obama administration is tapping a Stanford Law School professor who is favorite of many on the legal left, Pam Karlan, to take a prominent Justice Department post overseeing enforcement of voting rights laws. Karlan will become the deputy assistant attorney general for voting rights in Justice’s Civil Rights Division, a Justice Department official confirmed Friday.
December saw a surge in enrollment for health insurance through the federal exchange
The worst Congress ever. That’s the verdict from two-thirds of Americans about the track record of the 113th Congress, according to a new national poll.