H.R. 3829: State Marriage Defense Act of 2014

Jan 09, 2014
Referred to Committee on Jan 09, 2014
11% chance of being enacted
See Instead:

S. 2024 (same title)
Reported by Committee — Feb 24, 2014

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Jan 09, 2014
Reported by Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
Randy Weber
Representative for Texas's 14th congressional district
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Last Updated
Jan 09, 2014
3 pages
Related Bills
S. 2024 (Related)
State Marriage Defense Act of 2014

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Feb 24, 2014

Full Title

To amend chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, with regard to the definition of "marriage" and "spouse" for Federal purposes and to ensure respect for State regulation of marriage.


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55% chance of getting past committee.
11% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

68 cosponsors (67R, 1D) (show)

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

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Library of Congress Summary

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State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 - Prohibits, in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies, as applied with respect to individuals domiciled in a state or in any other territory or possession of the United States:
(1) the term "marriage" from including any relationship that the state, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage; and
(2) the term "spouse" from including an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that state, territory, or possession.

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