Marriage and Family

Miller-Jenkins v. Miller-Jenkins

Whether the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act, which affords custody and visitation orders full faith and credit, or the Defense of Marriage Act, which does not require full faith and credit be afforded to rights arising from same-sex unions treated as marriage, controls when Virginia is asked to give full faith and credit to Vermont parentage and custody rights arising from a Vermont civil union insofar as Virginia’s laws expressly declare the civil union “void in all respects.”

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C. O’Darling v. S. O’Darling

First, Oklahoma is not required to recognize Canadian same-sex marriages because the text and the surrounding context of the term “spouse” demonstrates that only heterosexual marriage was in view. Second, Oklahoma is not required to recognize Canadian same-sex marriages because the history and negotiations and the practical construction of the parties of the term “spouse” demonstrates that only heterosexual marriage was in view.

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Chambers v. Ormiston

The certified question of law presented to the Supreme Court is: “Whether or not the Family Court may properly recognize, for the purpose of entertaining a divorce petition, the
marriage of two persons of the same sex who were purportedly married in another state.”

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Cook v. Rumsfeld

In addition to being constitutional for the reasons relied upon by the court, the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy is also constitutional because none of the reasons relied upon to find the policy unconstitutional in prior cases is valid.

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