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AG Holder Says Justice Department to Extend Benefits, Other Rights to Same-Sex Couples

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Married gay and lesbian couples should have the same rights in legal matters as other married couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced this weekend.

The USA Today reports that Holder announced the new policy this weekend.

“In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law,” Holder said to the Human Rights Campaign, a group advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.

The Justice Department plans to issue a memo today, instructing them that same-sex marriages carry the same full and equal recognition under the law.

Holder compared the struggle of gay rights to the civil rights in the 1960s. “Just like during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the stakes involved in this generation’s struggle for LGBT equality could not be higher,” Holder said. “Then, as now, nothing less than our country’s commitment to the notion of equal protection under the law was on the line.”

ATF Hosts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Program at HQ

Rep. Barney Frank

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF had a gathering at headquarters in D.C. the other day that wasn’t  typical of the ones you see in federal law enforcement.

The agency on Wednesday hosted its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month program at its headquarters, with Acting Director Kenneth Melson providing remarks along with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), an openly gay Congressman.

ATF billed the event as a celebration “in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation, and to promote awareness of the LGBT culture.”

“ATF works to ensure sexual orientation discrimination and prejudice are not tolerated in our workplace,” said Melson. “ATF is an equal employment opportunity environment where effective and equitable participation is encouraged.”

Atty Fired Under Bush Regime After Rumors of Being A Lesbian is Rehired

Things are quickly changing at the Justice Department — quicker than expected.

By Ari Shapiro
NPR
All Things Considered
WASHINGTON —  On Monday, the Justice Department undid a small part of the damage that top officials caused in a scandal of politicized hiring and firing during the Bush administration. The department rehired an attorney who was improperly removed from her job because she was rumored to be a lesbian.
NPR first broke the story of Leslie Hagen’s dismissal last April, and the Justice Department’s inspector general later corroborated the report. Now, Hagen has returned to her post at the department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
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