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

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 9, 1996 (Reported by House Committee).

Source: GPO

HR 3396 RH

Union Calendar No. 339

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3396

[Report No. 104-664]

To define and protect the institution of marriage.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 1996

Mr. BARR of Georgia (for himself, Mr. LARGENT, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. VOLKMER, Mr. SKELTON, Mr. BRYANT of Tennessee, and Mr. EMERSON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

July 9, 1996

Additional sponsors: Mr. ISTOOK, Mr. DORNAN, Mr. STOCKMAN, Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. PETRI, Mr. COLLINS of Georgia, Mr. NEY, Mr. COOLEY of Oregon, Mr. HILLEARY, Mr. FUNDERBURK, Mr. NORWOOD, Mr. COBURN, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. BARTON of Texas, Mr. SOUDER, Mr. HEFLEY, Mr. HANCOCK, Mr. WELDON of Florida, Mr. INGLIS of South Carolina, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. BARRETT of Nebraska, Mr. WATTS of Oklahoma, Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania, Mrs. SMITH OF Washington, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. LUCAS of Oklahoma, Mr. HOSTETTLER, Mr. CRANE, Mr. SMITH of Michigan, Mr. BONO, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. BUYER, Mr. SOLOMON, Mr. CHRYSLER, Mrs. CHENOWETH, Mr. SPENCE, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. HAYWORTH, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. TALENT, Mr. HASTINGS of Washington, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. WICKER, Mr. TIAHRT, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. HALL of Ohio, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. MCINNIS, Mr. HUTCHINSON, Mr. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. SCARBOROUGH, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. BAKER of California, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, Mr. METCALF, Mr. GUTKNECHT, Mr. HEINEMAN, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. JONES, Mr. WAMP, Mr. LEWIS of Kentucky, Ms. GREENE of Utah, Mrs. SEASTRAND, Mr. HOKE, Mr. KIM, Mrs. CUBIN, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. WOLF, Mr. PARKER, Mr. ZELIFF, Mr. LINDER, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. TATE, Mr. DICKEY, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mr. MCINTOSH, Mr. BALLENGER, Mr. SKEEN, Mr. CANADY of Florida, Mr. HAYES, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. BLILEY, Mr. WHITFIELD, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. CALLAHAN, Mr. PACKARD, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. PETE GEREN of Texas, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. LAHOOD, Ms. DANNER, Mr. FIELDS of Texas, Mr. KNOLLENBERG, Mr. COMBEST, Mr. RIGGS, Mr. BUNNING of Kentucky, and Mr. PAXON

Deleted sponsor: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida (added May 16, 1996; deleted May 22, 1996)

July 9, 1996

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To define and protect the institution of marriage.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’.

SEC. 2. POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 1738B the following:

‘Sec. 1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof

    ‘No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1738B the following new item:

      ‘1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof.’.

SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘Sec. 7. Definition of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’

    ‘In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 6 the following new item:

      ‘7. Definition of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’.’.