Feb. 9 - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces widespread changes within the Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples. Gavino Garay reports.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is making widespread changes within the Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples. He's instructing the Justice Department on Monday to recognize, among other things, the legal right of gay married couples not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. Holder made the announcement in New York City on Saturday to the Human Rights Campaign -- a gay rights lobbying group. (SOUNDBITE) U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER SAYING: "On Monday, I will issue a new policy memorandum ... to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law." Comparing the gay-rights movement to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Holder said it was important for his department to act. Opponents of gay marriage condemned the action -- one group saying the move shows the Obama administration's "lawlessness". But Holder says he plans to put same-sex couples on the same legal footing as opposite-sex couples in other areas, too, including bankruptcy.