WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Government has expanded its recognition of same sex marriages.
All legally wed same-sex couples will now enjoy the federal rights of married couples.
If couples are wed in one of the 16 states, and D.C., that allow gay marriage their federal rights will no longer disappear when they go home to states where same sex marriage is not allowed.
They can file for bankruptcy as a couple. They can not be made to testify against their spouse. They will also receive military survivor benefits.
"Public opinion is always moving forward in our favor so it certainly reflects that we've seen a lot of progress and there's still a lot to do,” said Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Brian Mouton.
"It is important that we continue to uphold in law the truth about marriage, that it is the union of a man and a woman for the interest of children for the good of society,” said Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation.
Many in Washington assume this means the U.S. Supreme Court will have to revisit the issue of same sex marriage soon.