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1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)


President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law on September 21, 1996. The Act declared that no state shall be required to recognize a same-gender marriage performed in another state. DOMA also defined marriage as only between a man and a woman for purposes of Federal law. This collection consists of files and email accounts from the White House staff related to The Defense of Marriage Act. The collection also contains records related to Hawaii Supreme Court’s Baehrs vs. Lewin, and California’s Proposition 22. The collection consists of clippings, emails, letters, memoranda, notes, press releases, and talking points concerning DOMA, same sex marriage, and domestic partnerships.


White House Office of Records Management, Chief of Staff, Clerk's Office, Correspondence Office, Office of the Counsel to the President, Domestic Policy Council, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Legislative Affairs, National AIDS Policy Office, Office of Oval Office Operations, Office of the Press Secretary, Office of Public Liaison, Office of Speechwriting, Automated Records Management System, Tape Restoration Project


112 folders in 7 boxes




Clinton Presidential Records: White House Office of Records Management | Clinton Presidential Records: White House Staff and Office Files | Clinton Presidential Records: Automated Records Management System | Clinton Presidential Records: Tape Restoration Project


William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

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