Republican Senator Ted Cruz has reintroduced a bill which seeks to prohibit the federal government from recognizing the marriages of gay couples who live in states where such unions are not legal, including Cruz's home state of Texas.

Cruz's State Marriage Defense Act includes 11 GOP co-sponsors. A House version being championed by Texas rep. Randy Weber has 22.

“Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state 'choices about who may be married,' the Obama administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage,” Cruz, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said in a statement.

“I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens,” he added.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, said in a statement that the bill aims to “make our nation's already-unfair patchwork of laws even more burdensome for same-sex couples, and undermine the promise of equal treatment in the historic Windsor decision.”

If approved, the bill would only affect the 13 remaining states with restrictive marriage bans.