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Attorney General issues announcement on same-sex marriage benefits

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan.  Attorney General Eric Holder said today the couples will be eligible for "all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages."  It is similar to a directive Holder issued for same-sex marriages in Utah in January, pending the outcome of court appeals.  Holder's decision follows an announcement by Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder that his state will not recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples last Saturday.  The flurry of marriages came after federal judge ruled that a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.  An appeals court stayed the ruling while the complex legal squabble is sorted out.