Since President Obama’s recent announcement regarding same-sex marriage, there has been quite a bit of media attention surrounding the issue. If you would like to learn a little bit more about same-sex marriage laws, a newly released Congressional Research Service Report, Same-Sex Marriages: The Legal Issues, provides a good overview of where the law currently stands on this issue. The report provides information about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including an overview of constitutional challenges to DOMA. It also covers information about same-sex marriage in the states including state litigation and civil union laws as well as a summary of state constitutional amendments limiting marriage to a man and a women and state statutes defining marriage.
To learn more about CRS reports, see our previous blog post on the topic.