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Landmark same-sex decision means changes in Texas

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A landmark decision from the Justice Department means unions between same-sex couples will be recognized in Texas.  Starting Monday, the Justice Department says same-sex couples will have the same legal rights as other married couples in civil and criminal cases. 

That means a same-sex couple filing for bankruptcy will be treated the same as a married couple, and in court, they would be given spousal privilege where one could not be forced to testify against the other.  

Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned in Texas, but in Federal legal matters, it will be treated as equal to traditional marriage. 

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs got married in Washington, D.C. last July, where same-sex marriages are legal.  "Groundbreaking!  It's something that we've always wanted and always longed for," said Hanna.  Texas hospitals that are federally funded will also have to recognize same-sex marriages, which means allowing one spouse to make medical decisions for the other, which could save same-sex couples a lot of money.

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