HR 1030

Version: Introduced+in+House
Author: Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)

H. R. 1030 (Introduced-in-House)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1030


To amend title 38, United States Code, to amend the definition of the term "spouse" to recognize new State definitions of such term for the purpose of the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2019

Ms. Titus (for herself, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Haaland, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Norton, Mr. Peters, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Rush, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Suozzi, Mrs. Watson Coleman, and Ms. Wilson of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to amend the definition of the term "spouse" to recognize new State definitions of such term for the purpose of the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the "Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act".

SEC. 2. Definition of spouse for purposes of veteran benefits to reflect new State definitions of spouse.

(a) Definitions.-Section 101 of title 38, United States Code is amended-

(1) in paragraph (3), by striking "of the opposite sex"; and

(2) in paragraph (31), by striking "of the opposite sex who is a wife or husband" and inserting "in a marriage recognized under section 103 of this title".

(b) Determination.-Subsection (c) of section 103 of such title is amended to read as follows:

"(c) (1) For the purposes of all laws administered by the Secretary, the Secretary shall recognize a marriage based on the law of the State where the marriage occurred. In the case of a marriage that occurred outside a State, the Secretary shall recognize the marriage if the marriage was lawful in the place where it occurred and could have been entered into under the laws of any State. Except in the case of a purported marriage deemed valid under subsection (a), the Secretary may not recognize more than one marriage for any person at the same time.

"(2) In this subsection, the term 'State' has the meaning given that the term in section 101(20) of this title, except that such term also includes the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.".