IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 16, 2011
Mrs. Feinstein (for herself, Mr. Leahy, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Akaka, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Coons, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Franken, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Lautenberg, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Whitehouse, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage.
This Act may be cited as the
Respect for Marriage Act of
Repeal of section added to title 28, United States Code, by section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act
Section 1738C of title 28, United States Code, is repealed, and the table of sections at the beginning of chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to that section.
Section 7 of title 1, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
For the 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.
In this section, the term State means a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any other territory or possession of the United States.