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


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
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About the bill

Full Title

To define and protect the institution of marriage.

Summary (CRS)

5/7/1996--Introduced.Defense of Marriage Act - Amends the Federal judicial code to provide that no State, territory, or possession of the United States or Indian tribe shall be required to give ... Read more >


May 7, 1996

This is the first step in the legislative process.

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.

This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 3396”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


117 cosponsors (106R, 11D) (show)
Committee Assignments

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

Jul 12, 1996 1:35 p.m.
Failed 103/311
Jul 12, 1996 2:21 p.m.
Passed 342/67
Sep 10, 1996 2:42 p.m.
Bill Passed 85/14

Related Bills

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S. 1999 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 29, 1996

S. 1740 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 8, 1996

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