Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing for new bill that would protect states’ rights in the national same-sex marriage debate.
The State Marriage Defense Act, which Cruz introduced last week, would prevent the federal government from declaring their definition of marriage on each state.
“Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislators to uphold traditional marriage,” Cruz said in a statement.
“I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens.”
Right now, the federal government recognizes all same-sex marriages that legally occurred in the United States, even if the state has refused to do so. This bill would nullify same-sex marriages who married in a state in which they were legal, and moved to one where they were illegal.
“Congress recognizes that current actions by the Federal Government afford benefits to certain relationships not recognized as marriages by a person’s State of residence go beyond the Supreme Court’s rulings in United States v. Windsor.”
The bill would also change the definition of marriage.
“The term ‘marriage’ shall not include any relationship which that State, territory, or possession does not recognize as marriage, and the term ‘spouse’ shall not include an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as marriage by that State, territory, or possession,” the bill reads.
So far, 11 senators have cosponsored the bill.