Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Weekly Video Message was focused around progress towards marriage equality in the United States.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to deny cert. on federal appeal court rulings striking bans on same-sex marriage, Holder has directed lawyers at the Department of Justice to work with colleagues and agencies to ensure federal benefits are extended to same-sex married couples in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s denial of cert.
Holder states, “We are slowly drawing closer to full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans nationwide.” However, he also expressed his concern over the continued discrimination against same-sex couples in the states that do not support same-sex marriage, and renewed his pledge to support marriage equality if and when the issue returns to the U.S. Supreme Court.
To view Attorney General Holder’s October 17 video message, visit The United States Department of Justice Briefing Room. http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php