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"Defense of marriage acts" (DOMA)

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2009 to 2011: Attempts by Congress
to repeal the federal DOMA law

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Background:

The federal "Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)" of 1996:

  • Prevents same-sex married couples from obtaining the over 1,100 federal benefits routinely given to opposite-sex married couples, even though their marriages are recognized in their area, whether it be in the District of Columbia or one of the few states that have authorized same-sex marriages (SSMs). As of early 2013 the latter will be: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington State.

  • Allows states to not recognize legal same-sex marriages contracted in other states.

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Copyright 2009 & 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2009-SEP-15
Latest update: 2012-NOV-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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