A Supreme Court ruling last year said the federal government cannot refuse to recognize same-sex marriages carried out in states that allow them. The Supreme Court in June struck down part of a 1996 federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriages are currently legal in 17 US states and in Washington DC.
A written memo to Justice Department employees will follow on Monday.
The memo will “formally instruct all department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law,”
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