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H.R. 197 (114th): Respect for Marriage Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 7, 2015 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 197


January 7, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Becerra, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Polis, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Takano, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Bonamici, Ms. Brownley of California, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Chu of California, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Cummings, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. DeGette, Ms. DelBene, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Farr, Mr. Foster, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Ms. Hahn, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Honda, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Israel, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Kuster, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lowenthal, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Lynch, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Meng, Ms. Moore, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Ms. Norton, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Peters, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Sherman, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Smith of Washington, Ms. Speier, Mr. Swalwell of California, Ms. Titus, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Veasey, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Welch, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Thompson of California, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Ms. Esty, and Mr. Cooper) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


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


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Respect for Marriage Act.


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Section 1738C of title 28, United States Code, is repealed, and the table of sections at the beginning of chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to that section.


Marriage recognition

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.