Today the government will expand federal benefits to same-sex couples.

This is an epic victory.

In a major milestone for gay rights, the United States government plans to expand recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages “to the greatest extent possible under the law.”

The federal expansion will include 34 states where same-sex marriage isn’t legal, but the new federal benefits being extended to those states will apply only where the U.S. government has jurisdiction, Holder said.

For example, a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts can now have their federal bankruptcy proceeding recognized in Alabama, even though it doesn’t allow same-sex marriages. In the past, the U.S. government could challenge the couple’s joint bankruptcy because Alabama doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

A huge victory, but just part of the trend.  Even you, Alabama, will have gay marriage eventually.  Entreat Jesus to help you 24 hours/day, it will do you no good.

Every day there is plenty to be grumpy about, but then stuff like this happens and it reminds me that, on the whole, humanity is progressing toward liberty, equality, and compassion – not just to obedience to religious rules regardless of how offensive those rules might be to those ideals.


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