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Saturday, March 16, 2013

US Congress introduced legislation to repeal DOMA
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On March 16, 2011, Congressional Democrats introduced legislation seeking to redefine marriage and to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even if they are legally allowed under state law, and prevents same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits that opposite-sex couples receive. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in February 2011 that it would cease defending the constitutionality of the law. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a challenge to DOMA on March 27, 2012, in Windsor v. US.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

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