Opponents of legalized gay marriage are pushing back against the Obama administration’s move to extend additional federal benefits to same-sex couples, calling the move a “dangerous” usurpation of states’ rights.
Attorney Gen. Eric Holder revealed Saturday that the Justice Department would issue a policy memo this week granting gay couples the ability to file jointly for bankruptcy and guaranteeing that married same–sex partners would not be forced to testify against each other in trial.
The announcement roiled groups who have fought government recognition of same-sex unions.
”This is just the latest in a series of moves by the Obama administration, and in particular the Department of Justice, to undermine the authority and sovereignty of the states to make their own determinations regulating the institution of marriage,” National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Brian Brown said in a written response to the impending action.
The policy shift is the latest in a series of executive actions taken by the administration, as president Obama looks to tackle a broad array of items on his second-term agenda without help from the divided Congress.
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