“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.”

As the LGBTQ community in other countries where gay marriage has become a part of everyday life will attest, the impact of the legal acceptance of the validity of gay relationships on a society has a wider significance; it’s not just the letter of the law that counts. That wider context of US Attorney General Richard Holder’s announcement was summed up by Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin when he said “our nation moves closer toward its ideals of equality and fairness for all.” More here.