Rea Carey, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families experience discrimination in every part and at every step of the judicial process — from law enforcement, to courts, to prisons. This very significant announcement means that same-sex married couples and their families must be treated equally in every program administered by the federal Department of Justice across the entire country. This is a very good day for the advancement of equality. We applaud Attorney General Holder for his bold leadership for loving couples and for LGBT people on a range of issues.