Article IV, Section 1

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Article IV section 1 states Full Faith and Credit be given in each state. This means legislative acts, public records and judicial decisions that may be rendered by the courts in one state should be honored and recognized by the courts in every other state. This was put in place to prevent parties from moving to other states to skip out on on enforcement of a judgement or contreversy already decided elsewhere.
    Founders of the constitution were motivated in drafting the Full Faith and Credit Clause because it was a great way to unify the states, while still preserving their autonomy. Their hope was, that states would not ignore any judgement rendered by the courts in other states but that they would adhere and work along with them.
    The validity of marriage is also recognized and protected by the Full Faith and credit clause. For exmaple, just imagine that i am married in the state of New York. I become bored with my husband, I can’t stand him and everything is going in a downward spiral. I decide to move to Texas with my new boyfriend and remarry while i am still legally married in New York. This is prohibited, the state of Texas is to recognize my wrong and deal with it.

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