Is this not the sole purpose of the Defense of Marriage Act? And yet the left opposes it, the President refused to support it, and the charade goes on because it panders to a minority for their votes. Marriage has never been a federal issue and the only reason it is comes from the declaration that people have "rights" that do not, in reality, exist except in their own minds. The founders noted the inalienable rights of mankind in the Declaration of Independence and codified them in the Constitution. Nowhere does it state a right to marry your same sex partner. When homosexuality remains behind closed doors, it is between the participants and their Maker. When Society blesses it they curse themselves before their Maker.