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Cruz reintroduces bill to strip federal marriage benefits in states where gay marriage not legal

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The bill would strip federal rights and benefits from married same-sex couples – like federal employee health benefits, military spouse benefits, immigration rights, and many others – if they reside in a state where same-sex marriage is not yet legal.

A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas).

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“Ted Cruz and Randy Weber are proposing legislation that would do real harm to legally married same-sex couples in states across this country,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.

“But what really stands out is the fact that they would use this reckless and irresponsible legislation to take important federal benefits away from their own Texas constituents,” said Winterhof. “This just solidified their standing as two of the most extreme opponents of equality in America.”

The measure comes just months before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutionally-protected right to marry; the court will hear cases in April from four states where marriage bans were upheld, and a decision could come by June.

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