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H.R.2834: Federal Benefits Equality Act

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Sponsor Rush Holt, D-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 5 (All Democrats)
Introduced July 25, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

Federal Benefits Equality Act - Declares that, in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress: (1) "marriage" includes a marriage, domestic partnership, civil union, or any other similar legal union between two individuals that is recognized by a state, the District of Columbia, a territory or possession of the United States, or a federally recognized Indian tribe; and (2) "spouse" refers to either member of such a legal union. (Currently, "marriage" is defined only as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, while "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.)

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 13, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
July 25, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.