Christmas sale! $50 OFF every $200 you spend. Use code XMASPRIDE

Eric Holder Asked To Recognize Marriage in Arkansas, Indiana and Wisconsin

by The Next Family September 24, 2014

mignon

Friday, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign, on behalf of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice act to ensure federal respect for the marriages of same-sex couples in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin, consistent with the approach taken by the federal government in other states. Nearly 2,000 couples married in the three states in the past five months before freedom to marry rulings there were placed on hold pending appeal.

“Until the Supreme Court ends the current patchwork of discrimination and affirms the freedom to marry nationwide, lawfully married gay couples in states still discriminating will continue to need the kind of leadership we’ve seen from the Attorney General and the Obama Administration in assuring equal treatment by the federal government,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “Married couples should be treated as what they are – married – fully able to share in the federal protections and responsibilities afforded other married couples. The Respect for Marriage Coalition urges Attorney General Holder to apply that standard in these states as he has in others.”

“There is no legal reason to question the validity of these marriages,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “Each was legally performed by a clerk representing the states, in accordance with each state’s statutes and constitution. Until the issue is resolved once and for all, we ask Attorney General Holder and the Obama Administration to once again seize the mantle of leadership and ensure that lawfully married couples receive the equal treatment that they deserve.”

The letter, co-signed by more than 50 other groups that make up the Respect for Marriage Coalition, states:

“There is no legal reason to question the validity of these nearly 2,000 marriages. Each was legally performed by a clerk representing the states of Arkansas, Indiana and Wisconsin, in accordance with each state’s statutes and constitution and by judicial order. … We accordingly request that the Department of Justice promptly announce that same-sex couples legally married in Arkansas, Indiana and Wisconsin will be treated as married for purposes of federal law.”

The full letter can be found here: www.freedomtomarry.org/RespectforMarriageDOJ.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition is a partnership of more than 100 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations, co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.

This article was brought to you by The Seattle Lesbian. 

Photo of Mignon Moore and Elaine Harley

The post Eric Holder Asked To Recognize Marriage in Arkansas, Indiana and Wisconsin appeared first on The Next Family.




The Next Family
The Next Family

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

e13db90f29f21c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d61cb710479cf7_640_fitness-300x214@2x

Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment

SidsFamily

By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →