Marriage Equality bonanza: feds extend spousal benefits to 7 states, court strikes down Arizona ban

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 17, 2014 — The Department of Justice today extended spousal benefits to same-sex married couples in Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin and a federal court struck down Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban.

“This is a great day for those same-sex married couples and those folks who could not get married in the Midwest, the South and the Rockies. We are inching closer and closer every day to marriage equality in the entire United States of America. For those people in states without marriage equality, these decisions not only provide hope, they signal the likely probability of being able to get married wherever you live in the not too distant future.”

— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force


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