Publication Date

8-18-2010

Abstract

[Excerpt] This report discusses The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and legal challenges to it. It reviews legal principles applied to determine the validity of a marriage contracted in another state and surveys the various approaches employed by states to enable or to prevent same-sex marriage. This report also examines House and Senate resolutions introduced in previous Congresses proposing a constitutional amendment and limiting federal courts’ jurisdiction to hear or determine any question pertaining to the interpretation of DOMA.

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Suggested Citation
Smith, A. M. (2010). Same-sex marriages: legal issues. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.
http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/key_workplace/766

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