What is the Federal Defense of Marriage Act?

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Defining the DOMA

The Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize a marriage from another state if it is between persons of the same sex. 37 states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs), while 2 more states have strong language that defines marriage as one man and one woman. There are 30 states that have constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage, including the three states (Arizona, California, and Florida) that passed constitutional amendments in November 2008.

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1 Comment

  1. Euripides said,

    February 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    The peoples’ vote and state’s rights over the definition of marriage should never be overturned by a few judges who have caved into the idea that somehow homosexual sex and same sex marriages are defensible. If DOMA is overturned by this Congress, marriage will no longer have any meaning and children won’t have any protection of the family.


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