S.2024 - State Marriage Defense Act Of 2014

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2/12/2014--Introduced. State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 - Prohibits, for purposes of 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.

Read The Second Time. Placed On Senate Legislative Calendar Under General Orders. Calendar No. 308.
February 24th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Introduced In The Senate. Read The First Time. Placed On Senate Legislative Calendar Under Read The First Time.
February 12th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (S. 2024) would require the federal government to use a couple’s state of residence, not the state where they were married, to determine marital status for the purpose of federal benefits and federal law. The legislation would prohibit the federal government from using the location where a couple was married as a criterion for determining the federal benefits available to them, preventing the federal government from undermining the authority of states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, according to the bill’s supporters.

Kelly Lunney, Senior Analyst
Friday May 30th 2014
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