The U.S. House has passed the “Respect for Marriage Act” and sent the bill to the U.S. Senate.
47 Republicans joined the Democrats in passing the measure. Congressman Mike Simpson (R) voted to pass the bill, while Congressman Russ Fulcher (R) voted against it.
According to HR 8404, the “Defense of Marriage Act” would be repealed.
DOMA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton (D). Under DOMA, the federal government recognized marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
In 2013 and 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued opinions that said most of DOMA was unconstitutional or legally devoid.
Under the RMA that just passed the House, DOMA would be repealed entirely. Additionally, marriage is defined as,
For the purposes of any Federal law, rule, or regulation 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.
HR 8404 now heads to the U.S. Senate, where the bill will need 10 Republicans to support the bill to avoid a filibuster.
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