These privileges will be extended to same-sex couples even in states that do not recognize their marriages as long as they were legally married in another state.
“While the immediate effect is that all gay married couples will be treated equally under the law, the long-term effects are more profound,” said Fred Saintz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign, which Holder will address Saturday night. “Today, our nation moves closer toward its ideals of equality and fairness for all.”
According to Holder’s prepared remarks, this coverage will allow same-sex couples to:
*Be eligible to file jointly for bankruptcy and receive the same protections in Bankruptcy court as other married couples.
*Married same-sex couples in federal prisons will receive the same visitation privileges as other married inmates.