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Sep. 21, 1996 – Clinton Signs Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

“President Clinton signs Defense of Marriage Act into law. It defines marriage as ‘a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife’ and defines a spouse as ‘a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.’ That definition affects 1,049 laws determining eligibility for federal benefits, rights or privileges.”