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Federal Benefits to be Extended to Same-Sex Couples

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(CNN) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he's instructing justice department employees on Monday to give legal same-sex marriages full and equal recognition to the greatest  extent possible under the law.

It's the latest application of last year's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Holder says federal benefits will apply to all gay couples in legal marriages, even in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

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