Legal News of the Day: Same-Sex Couples to Receive Federal Benefits

On Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will begin giving same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples when filing for bankruptcy and when visiting family members in court.  The benefits include allowing same-sex couples to be covered by spousal privilege in criminal investigations.  The federal government will also recognize same-sex couple for programs such as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.