(WKTV) - While athletes are battling anti-gay laws over in Sochi, back in America same-sex couples are moving even closer to full equal rights.
On Saturday night, U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, made an announcement that aims to change the future for same-sex couples here in America.
Holder was the keynote speaker at the Human Right's Campaign's Greater New York Gala, held in New York City. At the Gala, he stated that beginning tomorrow, the Justice Department will take new steps to ensure equal justice and equal rights for all same-sex couples.
A few of the main points brought up during his speech were the ruling by the Supreme Court that struck down the Federal Government's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages, and the face that same-sex spouses are no longer going to be forced to testify against each other in court.
"The singular idea that has defined this country since its earliest days, the notion that all are created equal, and that all are entitled to opportunity and equal justice under law," he said. "For President Obama, for me, and for our colleagues at every level, every level of this administration, this work is a top priority."
Holder also stated that same-sex partners will now qualify for benefits under the numerous Federal programs that opposite-sex couples currently enjoy, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.