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Sen. Cruz tries to replace Defense of Marriage Act

Sen. Ted Cruz wags his finger at all of you sinners.
Sen. Ted Cruz wags his finger at all of you sinners.
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Just in time for Valentine's Day, and in response to Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that all federal spousal benefits and recognitions will be extended to same-sex unions, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act. The purpose of the bill is to stop federal government recognition or imposition of recognition of marriages not recognized by the state.

There is no summary available for S.2024 yet, but its companion bill in the house, H.R.3829, was introduced in January. The following summary is available from

State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 - Prohibits, in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies, as applied with respect to individuals domiciled in a state or in any other territory or possession of the United States: (1) the term "marriage" from including any relationship that the state, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage; and (2) the term "spouse" from including an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that state, territory, or possession.

It was predicted that the fall of DOMA would be the first in a line of dominoes that tumble down, one after another, and for the most part that seems to be happening. Some Tea Partiers, though, aren't yet ready to give up the fight. The House bill was introduced by Rep. Randy K. Weber, Sr. (R-TX) and has 57 cosignatories. Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz is getting the ball rolling in the Senate but was only able to get one other person to sign on prior to being read for the first time.

It will be an interesting year as the ACLU wages lawsuits, the Tea Party introduces bills to put more obstructions in their way, all while the Republican Party starts distancing itself from Tea Party extremists.