So-called defense of marriage laws define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman, for the purpose of excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. the federal doma prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex legal relationships entered into in one of the states that recognize same-sex unions. individual states’ doma laws provide that those states do not allow same-sex marriage and, often, do not recognize same-sex unions from other states.
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