S.1740 - Defense of Marriage Act104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Nickles, Don [R-OK] (Introduced 05/08/1996)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||07/11/1996 Committee on Judiciary. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 104-533.|
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Summary: S.1740 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (05/08/1996)
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.