Emory Law Journal


Although the Full Faith and Credit Clause was intended to solidify the Union by requiring states to give appropriate respect to the official acts of other states, the application of the Clause has been controversial and analytically challenging. Full faith and credit caselaw has developed along diverging paths: one path requiring "exacting" faith and credit for final judgments and the other path severely limiting the faith and credit given to legislative acts through the creation of a public policy exception.