2012 US Code
Title 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 1 - RULES OF CONSTRUCTION (§§ 1 - 8)
Section 7 - Definition of “marriage” and “spouse”

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Title 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Contained WithinTitle 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER 1 - RULES OF CONSTRUCTION
Sec. 7 - Definition of marriage and spouse
Containssection 7
Date2012
Laws in Effect as of DateJanuary 15, 2013
Positive LawYes
Dispositionstandard
Source CreditAdded Pub. L. 104-199, §3(a), Sept. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2419.
Statutes at Large Reference110 Stat. 2419
Public Law ReferencePublic Law 104-199

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RULES OF CONSTRUCTION - 1 U.S.C. § 7 (2012)

§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.

(Added Pub. L. 104–199, §3(a), Sept. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2419.)

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