Legislation

Respect for Marriage Act of 2011

S. 598 H.R.1116

Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 – Repeals the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited a state, territory, possession, or Indian tribe from being required to recognize a marriage which is valid in the state in which it was entered into. This Act also provides 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).

Senate

Status Update

03/16/2011
Introduced in Senate
03/16/2011
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
07/20/2011
Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
11/10/2011
Committee on the Judiciary voted to send to the Senate for a vote. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 228.

House

Status Update

03/16/2011
Introduced in House
03/16/2011
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
06/01/2011
Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution