A Review of the Year in Family Law: 'Same-Sex' Marriage Issues Dominate Headlines

Posted: 3 Aug 2017

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Linda D. Henry Elrod

Washburn University - School of Law

Robert G. Spector

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2017

Abstract

This article provides a brief review of pertinent cases in family law for reporting year 2003-2004, which may be remembered as the year in which one state officially recognized same-sex marriage. Two other state courts found there to be no violation of constitutional rights by laws denying same-sex marriage. A federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman passed Congress, and thirteen states passed constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage. More than forty states have enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed it's first "federal" test this year.

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Suggested Citation

Elrod, Linda D. Henry and Spector, Robert G., A Review of the Year in Family Law: 'Same-Sex' Marriage Issues Dominate Headlines (August 1, 2017). Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3012074

Linda D. Henry Elrod (Contact Author)

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Robert G. Spector

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

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