United States v. Windsor and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

United States v. Windsor and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The Act itself defined “marriage” and “spouse,” effectively excluding same-sex partners.

In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down federal DOMA but determined that “regulation of domestic relations” is “an area that has long been regarded as virtually exclusive province of the States.”