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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      The Constitution and Civil Justice
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2013

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Title

Respect for Marriage Act

Official Title

To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage.

Summary

Respect for Marriage Act - Amends the Defense of Marriage Act to repeal a provision that prohibited a state, territory, possession, or Indian tribe from being required to recognize any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a same sex marriage. Amends the federal rules of construction added by such Act concerning the definitions of "marriage" and "spouse" to provide that, for purposes of any federal law in which marital status is a factor, an individual shall be considered married if that individual's marriage is valid in the state where the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, if the marriage is valid in the place where entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a state. Removes the definition of "spouse" (currently, a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife).
    From my website: Fairness for same-sex families should not have to wait for the courts – it is time for Congress to pass the Respect For Marriage Act and make marriage equality the law of the land.
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