Respect for Marriage Act of 2011
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).
Chief Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plus 32 cosponsors
Chief Sponsor: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) plus 154 cosponsors