1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

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1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)


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




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.


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


112 folders in 7 boxes

Items in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Collection

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