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The full faith and credit clause of the United States Constitution provides
that "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public
Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State." The statute
that Congress adopted to implement this provision requires that
[s]uch Acts, records and judicial proceedings or copies thereof,
so authenticated, shall have the same full faith and credit in every
court within the United States and its Territories and Possessions
as they have by law or usage in the courts of such State,
Territory or Possession from which they are taken.

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