Respect for Marriage Act (ROMA)

S. 598 Respect for Marriage Act (Repeal of DOMA)

The Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 would repeal 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 where the marriage took place.

This Act also provided that an individual shall be considered married if the 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 the marriage occurred.  The Act also proposed the removal of the definition of “spouse”  which is currently, a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.