Term of Award: Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses/Marriages

As of July 22, 2014, a new Term of Award—Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses/Marriages—applies to all grantees of AHRQ.

All grantees of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) must comply with the following term and condition of award.

This term of award is pursuant to United States v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (June 26, 2013); section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, codified at 1 USC§ 7.

General Term and Condition for Programs Applying Familial Relationship Terminology as a Condition of Eligibility for Services or Otherwise Making Distinctions in Program Participation or Content Based on such Relationships:

In any grant-related activity in which family, marital, or household considerations are, by statute or regulation, relevant for purposes of determining beneficiary eligibility or participation, grantees must treat same-sex spouses, marriages, and households on the same terms as opposite—sex spouses, marriages, and households, respectively. By "same-sex spouses," HHS means individuals of the same sex who have entered into marriages that are valid in the jurisdiction where performed, including any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory or in a foreign country, regardless of whether or not the couple resides in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage. By "same-sex marriages," HHS means marriages between two individuals validly entered into in the jurisdiction where performed, including any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory or in a foreign country, regardless of whether or not the couple resides in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage. By "marriage," HHS does not mean registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or similar formal relationships recognized under the law of the jurisdiction of celebration as something other than a marriage.

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Page last reviewed February 2015
Page originally created February 2015
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