fortinbras wrote:A state can forbid a wedding between two persons of a particular category (e.g., first cousins) but, once the wedding takes place in a jurisdiction where it is valid, the resulting marriage contract is treated as valid in ALL states, even those which would not have permitted the wedding ceremony.
Part of this is the Constitution's provision that each state will give full faith and credit to every other state's official acts (Art. IV, sec. 1), but also that a state cannot impair the obligation of contracts (Art. I, sec. 10, cl. 1).
I think the question, though, is not whether the resulting marriage contract is treated
as valid in all states, but rather whether the Full Faith and Credit Clause requires
that the marriage contract be treated as valid in all the states.
On Article I, section 10, clause 1, I think the question would be whether this clause applies to "marriage contracts" in the context of same sex marriages, etc.
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