Attorney General Eric Holder today is expected to issue a directive recognizing the rights of same-sex spouses in the U.S. judicial system.

This will mean that same-sex couples can no longer be required to testify against one another in federal court. They will also be granted the same rights in Bankruptcy Court as heterosexual couples are.

The rights will extend throughout the federal judicial system, even in states that do not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages,Holder said on Saturday in announcing the directive.

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