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Trek234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:24 PM
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Are canadian same sex marriages recognized in the US?
I just heard a radical right winger say that there is a US law that states canadian marriages are to be recognized in the US.

He stated that because of this gay couples in the US were going to canada to get married, then returned to the states and have the marriage recognized.

Is this true? If true this would be excellent news IMO. If not, is he at least correct about the US law that states canadian marriages must be recognized in the states? If so perhaps a case could be made in court...
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:25 PM
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1. I think according to some treaty yes
another reason why they want that anti-gay marriage amendment so bad.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:38 PM
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2. It's pretty much true
Think of it, it would be chaos if we didn't recognize other countries' marriages. Same thing with marriages within the US accepted by all states.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:46 PM
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3. No, it's not true.
The Defense of Marriage Act:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the " Defense of Marriage Act" .

SECTION 2. POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES.

(a) IN GENERAL.-CHAPTER 115 OF TITLE 28, UNITED STATES CODE, IS AMENDED BY ADDING AFTER SECTION 1738B THE FOLLOWING:

"1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof

"No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.".

SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE.

(a) IN GENERAL.-CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 1, UNITED STATES CODE, IS AMENDED BY ADDING AT THE END THE FOLLOWING:

"7. Definition of 'marriage' and 'spouse'

"In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.".
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:55 PM
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4. So ....
... under this law, is Canada regarded as a "State, territory, possession, or tribe"? Which one? Inquiring minds want to know.
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jumptheshadow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:19 PM
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5. Wow, this looks like they are recognized
>>No State, territory, or possession of the United States...<<

No mention of other countries there.

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