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Gay_Rights - amendments and statutory bans Supreme Court...

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Gay issues – key legal decisions Gay issues – key legal decisions Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - 1996 Lawrence v. Texas - 2003 Legislation passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate •Prevented states (and tribes) from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages when the relationship is considered a marriage in another state •Federal government defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman Outcome: •42 states passed legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage (including constitutional
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Unformatted text preview: amendments and statutory bans) Supreme Court ruling (6-3) •The Supreme Court ruled that homosexuality was not a crime •“The intimate, adult consensual conduct” was part of the liberty protected by the Constitution (that is, by the Fourteenth Amendment) Outcome: •Interpretation of the Court’s decision implied that the ruling might relate to “every kind of case” involving gay people – housing, employment, public accommodations, etc....
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