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Gay History - September 10, 1996: Congress Passes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Rejects The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
On September 10, 1996 the US Senate dealt a double defeat to gay-rights activists, voting to reject same-sex marriage (Defense of Marriage Act - DOMA) by a vote of 85-14. It also rejected (50-49) a separate bill that would have barred job discrimination against gays. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act