Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage
February 8th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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  1. simplyput

    The key phrase here is "to the greatest extent possible under the law." Is the DOJ bored or something?

    February 8, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    As our federal government expands the rights of gays,we continue to arrest over 750,000 Americans each year, needlessly, for marijuana.

    Where is the justice in THAT?

    February 8, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. bill

    ok-general gates "the only time i saw obama show passion about the military was when he was talking about gay rights". holder is soooooo close to obama???? obama would not let his son play football???? his teenage friend donna talks about obama-learn the facts and then you will understand his "passion for gays".

    February 8, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Strategerist

    When will this radical administration stop running roughshod over states' rights? Shouldn't this be left up to the individual states?

    February 8, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    They have no intention of losing a single gay vote, in this year's election.

    February 8, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This should cause some tiny heads to explode!

    February 8, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. countingdown

    The issue here is not gay rights but states rights. Just another trampling of freedom by this administration.

    February 8, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. wendel

    this should keep the repos shorts in a bunch.

    February 8, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Strategerist
    When will this radical administration stop running roughshod over states' rights? Shouldn't this be left up to the individual states?
    ------------
    That's what George Wallace said about desegregation too. And about women voting and the poor voting etc. etc. Basic rights of the people are not up to state or popular vote. Your money would not be wasted on some history books.

    February 8, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Liz in Nebraska

    If the United States government recognizes my marriage, so should my state. It is RIDICULOUS that the backward state I live in can deny my rights. By the way, taxes are so much fun this year. Regarding my federal taxes I am considered married, my state taxes dictate that I am single. Once again, RIDICULOUS.

    February 8, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Gay marriage is legal in 9 European countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. It's also legal in Canada; ditto for Argentina, Brazil and South Africa.

    The world hasn't come to an end. Get over it, folks!

    February 8, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @countingdown: "The issue here is not gay rights but states rights. Just another trampling of freedom by this administration."

    Same lame excuse used for slavery and child labor. BTW, if your freedom is so "trampled," then why haven't you been disappeared for criticizing this administration? Because that's what happens in real dictatorships.

    *crickets*

    February 8, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Rick McDaniel: "They have no intention of losing a single gay vote, in this year's election."

    Nothing wrong with recognizing human rights. Get over it.

    February 8, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Strategerist: "When will this radical administration stop running roughshod over states' rights? Shouldn't this be left up to the individual states?"

    Same lame excuse used for slavery and child labor. BTW, if your freedom is so "trampled," then why haven't you been disappeared for criticizing this administration?

    *crickets*

    Because that's what happens in real dictatorships ...

    February 8, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. James R. L.

    States rights can not arbitrarily single out a minority group of tax paying citizens for special denial of rights. Bigotry and prejudice is never something to advocate or be proud of.

    February 8, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @bill: Gen. Gates: “The book [Duty] has sort of been hijacked by people along the political spectrum to serve their own purposes, taking quotes out of context,” he said. “It’s sort of the political warfare in Washington that I decry in the book.”

    Gates also defended his book as fair to all it covers.

    “I think the book is very even-handed. I don’t vilify anybody and I make clear that I have a lot of respect for both President Bush and President Obama.”

    February 8, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Jill May

    For those who are complaining about state rights: are you really so blinded by process? Since when is discrimination considered a "right"? What an oxymoron. Quit hiding behind process and just admit your bigotry.

    February 8, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. michael

    The facts are gay people could have been given the ssme rights ss strait married people with out using marriage as the vessel to deliver there rights.
    There is no excuse and no fogivness for using a holy marriage in this way.
    Who do think your dealing with!
    We know you seek votes not morality and justice.

    February 8, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Joe

    For those crying about "states' rights", states don't have more rights than people!

    February 8, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Curt

    Fire him!

    February 8, 2014 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    They have no intention of losing a single gay vote, in this year's election.
    _____________________
    So what if that is the motivation? The GOP could do that. Yet, instead, the GOP insists on taking away peoples' rights: women's' rights, voters' rights, minorities' rights, and yes, Gays' rights. Guess what? That will cost the GOP. But hey, that your party's choice. By acting in benefit of the few, the very rich, the corporations, they lose the votes of the many.

    That, my friend is reality.

    February 8, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. Ric

    Not gay rights, equal rights. Nothing special, just equality.

    February 8, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Hitch

    Is fugitive from justice Holder still uncaged? He lied to congress and it's time to put that unqualified clown in jail – offshore in gitmo.

    February 8, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Namegizmo

    What gives states and all the religious nuts in them the right to decide who can Mary and who can't? How is it any of their business?

    February 8, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Kyle

    Awesome!!! Now legalize weed and everyone will be happy!

    February 9, 2014 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
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