DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF PUBLIC LAW NO. 104-199
Item #: 1000095
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2013.
Subjects: FAMILY LAW, LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
The controversial 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed byPresident Clinton, defines marriage as the legal union ofone man and one woman for purposes of federal and inter-state recognition. Despite passing by wide majorities inCongress, the Act drew strong criticism. There have been twounsuccessful efforts by Democrats to repeal the Act, but thebills never reached a vote. Court action has been moresuccessful for opponents, and in Windsor v. United States,the 2nd Circuit upheld the determination that part of theAct was unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has grantedcertiorari. This complilation includes the text of the Act,the reports and hearings that preceded passage, congression-al debate and various bill versions. It also includes thetext of bills that would have amended or repealed it, alongwith hearings held subsequent to its passage.
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