The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted by Congress in 1996 to preserve the traditional definition of marriage in federal law. The Obama Administration has recently announced it intended to withdraw its support for DOMA. In response, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference joined an amicus curiae brief supporting DOMA in 2011.
MCC Legislative Action
See Amicus Brief (pdf) in DOMA Case, January, 2011.
See Statement in Support of Proposed State DOMA Act, (pdf) May, 2001.