Same-sex couples get expanded rights in federal courts

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The U.S. Attorney General announced federal courts will recognize marriage rights for same-sex couples starting Monday.

Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement.

It affects legal matters. For instance, same-sex couples lawfully wedded (in a state that allows it) won’t have to testify against each other.

That does not apply to PA state courts because the state doesn’t recognize same sex marriages.

The Pennsylvania Family Institute said in a statement, “Eric Holder’s latest actions seem more designed to cater to special interests.  All society would be much better off if government sought to strengthen marriage and family rather than redefine it.”

“It makes me feel good,” says Ted Martin, of Equality Pennsylvania.  “It makes me feel that my federal government the people that represent me in Washington, actually represent me as a person in a relationship and as a citizen of the country.”

Martin married his partner in California, so they are in limbo. The federal government recognizes their marriage; the state they live in does not.

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  • TonytIiger

    I'm not going to offer any opinion other than I am happy for anyone that is happy in life and finds love. It sure would be nice if I could get my pet insured and if she could get my benefits. I just like many people love their pets. I love my jack Russell – Chihuahua mix she is a huge part of my life. I love her and she makes me very happy. If I could marry my pet maybe my employer would be obligated to allow me to put her on my health insurance or it should be added to the governments affordable care act. Lets not post sicko comments about sexual relations or bestiality. I just like millions consider their pets as part of their family. So why couldn't I marry my pet? I mean to so many people in this day and age, its just a piece of paper (marriage license) anyway right? So in my opinion Lucy Lu deserves the benefits any family member would receive. Maybe I will sit down and draft a letter to my state rep and Mr. Obama tonight. I think I will tonight. Right away before it slips my mind. ( Now before you go replying to this entire comment please realize it was all tongue in cheek and meant to be read between the lines)

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