Fact Sheet on the Respect for Marriage Act

Lambda Legal

September 15, 2009

What is the Respect for Marriage Act and what will it do?
The “Respect for Marriage Act” (RMA) is a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on September 15, 2009 by Representative Jerrold Nadler, Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis, and nearly 90 other Members of Congress who believe in equal treatment of all married Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. The Act will repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) and return the country to the longstanding earlier rule that states decide who can marry, and the federal government treats all married people the same no matter where they got married or where they live now. [Link]