By GREG ZOELLER
Indiana Attorney General
The majority of states, including Indiana, provide a marriage license only to a man and woman, while nine states also allow same-sex couples to receive licenses to marry.
Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in 1996 that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal benefits. Under DOMA, states with the traditional definition of marriage need not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.