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      Federal government to recognize Michigan's same-sex marriages

      Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages that took place in Michigan last Saturday.

      "These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," said the Attorney General, Eric Holder. "The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings."

      Holder added that this decision comes following a similar case in Utah, and said Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek the federal benefits to which they are entitled.

      "Last June's decision by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor was a victory for equal protection under the law and a historic step toward equality for all American families," Holder said. "The Department of Justice continues to work with its federal partners to implement this decision across the government. And we will remain steadfast in our commitment to realizing our country's founding ideals of equality, opportunity, and justice for all."

      As for Michigan benefits, the legal process is expected to take months.