The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104–199, 110 Stat. 2419, was enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) in the United States as a federal law.  It allowed states the right of refusal of same-sex marriages recognized  under the laws …

A civil right, not a privilege limited to a particular group.  Requires a marriage license from a local government; is a celebration of commitment; invites the community to participate in recognizing the bond.  Provides federal protections and benefits, such as …

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