In 1993, the Supreme Court of Hawaii issued a decision in the case of Baehr v. Miike that led many to believe that the court was on the verge ordering the State to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses.
Concerned that such a development would force other States to recognize marriages performed in Hawaii, large majorities in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Act allowed States to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages sanctioned in other States (Section 2) and prohibited Federal marriage benefits from being conferred on same…Buy Full Issue$34.95
In This Issue
The Defense of Marriage Act on Trial
College Admissions, Police Searches, and Gay Marriage on the Docket
The Court Rules That Copyright Law Allows Textbook Importation and Resale
The Court Rules That Police Do Not Have Unlimited Power to Order Blood Draws of DWI Suspects
Overview of Legal Action and Obama Administration Policy
Decision of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
The Justices Weigh in on the Defense of Marriage Act
Pro & Con
Is Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional?