During my reading of the Deseret Morning News Money section on March 7, I discovered that Congress has already defined marriage. In response to a question by a reader about whether the IRS will change its position and allow same-sex couples to file "married filing jointly," Tom Herman from Ask Dow Jones said that federal law on the matter is very clear. He cited the "Defense of Marriage" act enacted during the Clinton administration.

The law specified that in determining the meaning of acts of Congress, rulings, regulations or interpretations, the word "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. Also, the word "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is husband or wife. So it seems we are making a fuss about defining marriage in our country and it has already been done.

Sheri Lewis

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