Federal marriage benefits will soon be available to same-sex couples nationwide, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government," including Social Security and veterans benefits programs, Lynch said in a statement Thursday. "[W]e have now taken the further step of ensuring that all federal benefits will be available equally to married couples in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories."

Lynch's announcement comes nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court's decision in Overgefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S.