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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Georgia representative introduced Defense of Marriage Act
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On May 7, 1996, former Representative Bob Barr of Georgia introduced the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the US House of Representatives. Under Section 3 of DOMA, "in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agences of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman." Former US President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law in September 1996, after overwhelming majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bill. In March 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments to determine the constitutionality of Section 3 in United States v. Windsor.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

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