The Defense Of Marriage Act

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Before the Constitutional Convention in 1787, relations between the States were not ideal. To reduce tensions, the new Constitution contained a provision, the "Full Faith and Credit Clause," which granted each state authority over public Acts, records and judicial proceedings. In 1790, Congress acted to put the provision into effect by enacting the "Full Faith and Credit Statute." Revised most recently in 1948, it provides, in part, that properly authenticated shall have the same full faith and credit in every court within the United States. In 1996, to help defend one-man, one-woman marriage from efforts to redefine it, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed - and President Bill Clinton signed - the "Defense of Marriage Act." This basically enabled states to define marriage distinctly and mainly allowed states to accept or deny same-sex marriage licenses from other states. Its subtitle was: “An Act to define and protect the institution of marriage.” It was enacted by the 104th United States Congress and was in effect from September 21, 1996 till July 2013. (Gacek)
In May 1993 it appeared that Hawaii would become the first state to enact same-sex marriage after the state 's highest court indicated that limiting marriage to one-man-one-woman couples was probably unconstitutional under Hawaiian law. A long process of litigation and state political upheaval followed. Eventually, Hawaii retained its traditional definition of marriage in November 1998 after the state…
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