H.R. 3396 (104th): Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104–199, 110 Stat. 2419, enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) was a United States federal law that, prior to being ruled unconstitutional, defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, and allowed states to refuse to ...


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May 7, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996


Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 21, 1996

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 21, 1996.


Pub.L. 104-199


Bob Barr

Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district



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Last Updated: Sep 10, 1996
Length: 2 pages


May 7, 1996

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Jun 12, 1996
Reported by Committee

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Jul 12, 1996
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Sep 10, 1996
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Sep 21, 1996
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3396 (104th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 104th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1995 to Oct 4, 1996. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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