Accession Number:

ADA592967

Title:

Potential Impact of Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

In the wake of the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, personnel policy decision makers have relied upon the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA, a federal law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, to address personnel decisions relating to now openly serving gay and lesbian Soldiers. With recent attacks on the constitutionality of DOMA, decisions by several federal appeals courts holding DOMA unconstitutional, and two pending cases before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of DOMA, there is a rising debate among personnel policy decision-makers regarding the consequences of a Supreme Court ruling finding DOMA unconstitutional. This paper seeks to address the potential consequences on the Armys personnel policy that a repeal of DOMA, whether by Supreme Court ruling or Congressional action, would have in the Department of the Army.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE