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12-63 #3 NYC-Amicus Brief

12-63 #3 NYC-Amicus Brief

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EQCF Doc #3 - City of New York, et al., amicus brief in support of petitioner
EQCF Doc #3 - City of New York, et al., amicus brief in support of petitioner

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No. 12-63I
N
 
THE
Supreme Court of the United States
O
N
P
ETITION
 
FOR
 
A
W
RIT
 
OF
C
ERTIORARI
B
EFORE
  J
UDGMENT
 
TO
 
THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
C
OURT
 
OF
A
PPEALS
 
FOR
 
THE
S
ECOND
C
IRCUIT
EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, in her capacity asExecutor of the estate of THEA CLARA SPYER,
 Petitioner,v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
 Respondent,and.
THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OFTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 Respondent.
BRIEF OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK,
 ET AL
., AS
 AMICI CURAE
IN SUPPORT OFPETITIONER
242935
M
ICHAEL
A. C
 ARDOZO
C
ORPORATION
C
OUNSEL
 
OF
 
THE
C
ITY
 
OF
N
EW
Y
ORK
L
EONARD
J. K
OERNER
*100 Church StreetNew York, New York 10007(212) 788-1010 or 1362lkoerner@law.nyc.gov
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae* Counsel of Record
F
RANCIS
F. C
 APUTO
S
USAN
P
 AULSON
 
of Counsel
Case number 12-63 EQCF Doc #3 Filed 07/25/2012
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
 Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA), 104 Pub. L. 199, 110 Stat. 2419 (1996) (codi
edat 1 U.S.C. § 7) violates the Fifth Amendment’s guaranteeof equal protection of the laws as applied to persons of thesame sex who are legally married under State law?
 
ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Page
QUESTION PRESENTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iTABLE OF CONTENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iiTABLE OF CITED AUTHORITIES . . . . . . . . . . . iiiINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE
. . . . . . . . . 1REASONS FOR GRANTING THE PETITION. . 3 A. DOMA Forces The City To Be The Unwilling Agent Of Federally-Required SeparateTreatment Of Lawfully-MarriedEmployees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6B. The Disparate Treatment Of Legally MarriedCouples Required By DOMA UnderminesThe City’s Non-Discrimination Laws. . . . . . 10CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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