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Template:Civil union Georgia Constitutional Amendment 1[1] of 2004, is a so-called "defense of marriage amendment" that amended the Georgia Constitution to make it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 76% of the voters.[2]

The text of the amendment states:

(a) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.
(b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties' respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.[3]


  1. Official Results of the November 2, 2004 General Election, Georgia Secretary of State. Accessed 18 December 2006.
  2. Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
  3. Constitution of the State of Georgia, Article I, section IV, Georgia Secretary of State. Accessed 18 December 2006.

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