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State Marriage Defense Act of 2015 (H.R. 824)

This law was last updated on Dec 3, 2018

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




H.R. 824


Failed to Pass


Feb 10, 2015


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

H.R. 824 would prevent the federal government from asserting its own definition of “marriage” and “spouse” on the states.

The bill would require the federal government to follow the law of a person’s legal residence in order to determine their marriage status.

The bill would effectively nullify the marriage of same-sex couples who married in one state and moved to another state where such unions were illegal.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to S. 435.

Nearly identical to H.R. 3829/S. 2024, which failed to pass during the 2013-2014 legislative session.