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

May 07, 1996 (104th Congress, 1995–1996)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 104-199.
Bob Barr
Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district
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Last Updated
Sep 10, 1996
2 pages
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This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 21, 1996.

Introduced May 07, 1996
Referred to Committee May 07, 1996
Reported by Committee Jun 12, 1996
Passed House Jul 12, 1996
Passed Senate Sep 10, 1996
Signed by the President Sep 21, 1996
Full Title

To define and protect the institution of marriage.


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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

117 cosponsors (103R, 13D, 1D) (show)

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

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Library of Congress Summary

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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 effect to any marriage between persons of the same sex under the laws of any other such jurisdiction or to any right or claim arising from such relationship.
Establishes a Federal definition of:
(1) "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife; and
(2) "spouse" as only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.

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