Gay Marriage Stabilizes Families, Eric Holder Tells Swedish Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Less than three years after he decided the Justice Department should no longer defend the provisions of a law banning the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder told Swedish lawmakers on Tuesday that they “stabilized families and expanded individual liberty” by legalizing such unions in their country.

Sweden became the seventh country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2009, and Holder called the fight for LGBT rights one of the “defining civil rights challenges of our time” and praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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