H. R. 2834
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 25, 2013
Mr. Holt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To include under Federal laws granting rights and responsibilities to married couples other couples in other legal unions similar to marriage, including domestic partnerships and civil unions.
This Act may be cited as the
Federal Benefits Equality
Definition of marriage
Section 7 of title 1, United States Code, is amended to read as follows—
Marriage as including civil unions and domestic partnerships; spouse as including members of such unions
In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, the term marriage includes a marriage, a domestic partnership, a civil union, or any other similar legal union between 2 individuals that is recognized by a State, the District of Columbia, a territory or possession of the United States, or a federally recognized Indian tribe, and the word spouse refers to either member of such a legal union.
The item for section 7 in the table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1 is amended to read as follows:
Marriage as including
civil unions and domestic parnerships;
spouse as including
members of such legal