The United States federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday.
“With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans,” Holder said in a statement.
The announcement comes one week after Holder stated that same-sex married couples in seven states, including, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, would now be recognized by the federal government.
Same-sex married couples in these states will now be eligible for social security and veterans benefits.
Nearly three weeks ago, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals on lower-court rulings that struck down bans on gay marriage in states including Virginia and Utah, reported Reuters.
Same-sex marriage is now recognized in 32 states and the District of Columbia.