Senate Bill Descriptions
The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO) would provide benefits for same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits.
The Equal Access to COBRA Act would equalize the benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), guaranteeing continuation health coverage to any qualified beneficiary under an employer's health insurance plan, including domestic partners and the children of domestic partners when employers choose to cover them.
The Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act would amend title V of the Social Security Act to eliminate the abstinence-only education program.
The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and restores the rights of all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples—to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.
The RMA would also provide same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and protections would flow from a valid marriage celebrated in a state where such marriages are legal, even if a couple moves or travels to another state.
The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) would address the pervasive problem of bullying of LGBT students by amending the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Title IV of the No Child Left Behind Act) to require schools and districts to enact codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would prohibit any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act would equalize tax treatment for employer-provided health coverage for domestic partners and other non-spouse, non-dependent beneficiaries.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not considered "spouses," and their partners cannot sponsor them for family-based immigration. The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) would remedy this injustice and allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for family-based immigration.
The Jury ACCESS Act (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) would prohibit the exclusion of citizens from service on a federal jury on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.