Post submitted by Michael Cole-Schwartz, former HRC Director of Communications

At tonight’s HRC New York Dinner, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce landmark changes to the way the federal government treats married lesbian and gay couples, reports the New York Times today.

In an excerpt of his speech tonight, the Attorney General will say: “In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages.”

HRC President Chad Griffin praised Holder’s expected remarks, comparing him to another legendary Attorney General committed to civil rights — Robert F. Kennedy.  We’ll post more about Holder’s speech tonight here on HRC’s blog.

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