The Respect for Marriage Act also guarantees that same-sex couples who marry in states where marriages are legal will keep those federal rights, even if they move or travel to a state where gays and lesbians cannot marry.
The act does not require states to give state level marriage benefits if the state does not recognize same-sex marriage. Nor does it obligate any person, state, locality, or religious organization to celebrate or license a marriage between two persons of the same sex.
The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Jared Polis of Colorado on September 15, 2009. The Act has not yet been voted on.