The Framework of Full Faith and Credit and Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

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The most up-to-date version of this piece can be found in the Duke Law Scholarship


This article considers whether a Massachusetts same-sex marriage or a Vermont same-sex civil union is entitled to full faith and credit in other states by virtue of the Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV of the United States Constitution ("the Clause") and, under a statute enacted by Congress to implement that clause, Section 1739 of the Federal Judicial Code.

Date of Authorship for this Version

March 2006