Justice Dept. to extend benefits to same-sex couples

Justice Dept. to extend benefits to same-sex couples

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Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate the US Supreme Court ruling during a community rally on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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by CNN.com

CNN.com

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 3:22 PM

(CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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