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

Introduced:

May 7, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996

Status:

Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 21, 1996

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

Law:

Pub.L. 104-199

Sponsor:

Bob Barr

Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district

Republican

Text:

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 1996
Length: 2 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To define and protect the institution of marriage.

Summary

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) is 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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History

May 7, 1996
 
Introduced

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 12, 1996
 
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

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.

This page is about 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.

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