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Windsor Cert Petition

Windsor Cert Petition

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No. _________ 
 
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Supreme Court of the United States
EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, in her capacity asExecutor of the estate of THEA CLARA SPYER,
Petitioner,
v.THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
Respondent,
 andTHE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEUNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Respondent.
On Petition For Writ Of Certiorari Before Judgment To TheUnited States Court Of Appeals For The Second CircuitPETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARIBEFORE JUDGMENT
R
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Counsel of Record 
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i
QUESTION PRESENTED
Does Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1U.S.C. § 7, which defines the term “marriage” for allpurposes under federal law as “only a legal unionbetween one man and one woman as husband andwife,” deprive same-sex couples who are lawfullymarried under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of the laws, asguaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to theConstitution of the United States?
 
 
ii
PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING
The petitioner is Edith Schlain Windsor, inher capacity as the executor of the estate of her latespouse, Thea Clara Spyer. Ms. Windsor was theplaintiff in the District Court and is the appellee inthe Court of Appeals.The United States of America was thedefendant in the District Court and is an appellantin the Court of Appeals.The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of theUnited States House of Representatives (“BLAG”)was the intervenor-defendant in the District Courtand is the intervenor-appellant in the Court of  Appeals.

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