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LGBTQIA Resources Workshop: Government

Introductory Guide to LGBTQIAA resources at Penn Libraries.

Government & The LGBTQIAA Community

Here you will find information about how the Government and the LGBTQIAA community interacted with each other in the past and in the future nationally and internationally.

You can navigate both the primary and secondary databases to find certain laws that impact LGBTQIAA individuals in a certain community, locale, nation, or other descriptor.

On the far right you will see a list of some well known and some not so well known laws that impacted or currently impact the lives of LGBTQIAA individuals.

Primary Government Databases

Secondary Government Databases

Pivotal Laws

Defense of Marriage Act - DOMA

Defense of Marriage Act was a bill passed on September 21st, 1996 by the Clinton Administration. It defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states.  Section three of the law barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses", which made them ineligible for receiving not only federal marriage benefits, but medical benefits among others.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell 

The Equality Act 

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