Full Faith and Credit for Dummies

28 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2010

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Ralph U. Whitten

Creighton University - School of Law

Date Written: November 28, 2010


This article discusses the history of the Full Faith and Credit Clause, the original meaning of the clause, and the courts’ evolving interpretation of the clause. Within this discussion, the author explains the test for whether and how a state can constitutionally apply its own law to cases involving multi-state elements. This test and the Full Faith and Credit Clause are analyzed further through hypotheticals in the context of same-sex marriage. The article ends with an analysis of the effect of DOMA on these issues.

Keywords: Full-Faith and Credit Clause, judgments, public acts, statutes, evidence, same-sex marriage

Suggested Citation

Whitten, Ralph U., Full Faith and Credit for Dummies (November 28, 2010). Creighton Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 465, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1716573

Ralph U. Whitten (Contact Author)

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