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Amendment 1 of 2004 is a so-called "defense of marriage amendment" that amended the Mississippi Constitution by adding a definition of marriage that has the effect of preventing same-sex marriages from being conducted or recognized in Mississippi. The Amendment passed a public referendum in November 2, 2004 with 86% of voters supporting and 14% opposing.
The text of the adopted amendment, which is found at Article XIV, section 263A of the Mississippi Constitution, states:
Marriage may take place and may be valid under the laws of this state only between a man and a woman. A marriage in another state or foreign jurisdiction between persons of the same gender, regardless of when the marriage took place, may not be recognized in this state and is void and unenforceable under the laws of this state.
- ↑ CNN.com Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
- ↑ "DOMAwatch.org - Mississippi" Alliance Defense Fund. 2006. Accessed 14 December 2006.
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