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12-13 #5

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Published by Equality Case Files
Amicus Brief of Capitol Hill Prayer Alert Foundation, et al., in support of petitioners (BLAG)
Amicus Brief of Capitol Hill Prayer Alert Foundation, et al., in support of petitioners (BLAG)

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No. 12-13
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I
N
T
HE
Supreme Court of the United States
 ____________________ B
IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
 A 
DVISORY 
G
ROUP OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
H
OUSE OF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
,
 Petitioner
,v.N
 ANCY 
G
ILL
,
 
ET AL
.
,
Respondents
. ____________________ On Petition for Writ of Certiorarito the United States Court of Appealsfor the First Circuit ____________________ Brief 
 Amicus Curiae
of Capitol Hill Prayer Alert Foundation, U.S. JusticeFoundation, Citizens United, Citizens UnitedFoundation, Young America’s Foundation, Public Advocate of the U.S., Institute on the Constitution,The Lincoln Institute for Research and Education,Gun Owners Foundation, Conservative LegalDefense and Education Fund, Virginia Delegate BobMarshall, Virginia Senator Dick Black, AbrahamLincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, Inc.,Protect Marriage Maryland PAC, and Declaration Alliance in Support of Petitioner ____________________ 
G
 AR
G.
 
REEP
H
ERBERT
W.
 
T
ITUS
*U.S.
 
J
USTICE
F
OUNDATION
W
ILLIAM
J.
 
O
LSON
932 D Street, Suite 2J
OHN
S.
 
M
ILES
Ramona, CA 92065J
EREMIAH
L.
 
M
ORGAN
(760) 788-6624R
OBERT
J.
 
O
LSON
Counsel for USJFW
ILLIAM
J.
 
O
LSON
,
 
P.C.
 Attorney for U.S. Justice
370 Maple Avenue West
Foundation
Suite 4 Vienna, VA 22180-5615(703) 356-5070*
Counsel of Record
wjo@mindspring.com August 2, 2012
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
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12-13 EQCF Dkt # 5 Filed 08/02/2012
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageTable of Authorities.........................iiiI
NTEREST OF THE
 A
MICI 
URIAE 
................1S
UMMARY OF
 A 
RGUMENT
......................2 A 
RGUMENT
.................................3I.T
HERE
I
S
N
O
“E
QUAL
P
ROTECTION
C
OMPONENT
IN THE
F
IFTH
 A 
MENDMENT
D
UE
P
ROCESS
G
UARANTEE
..............................3 A.The Question to Be Decided Is whetherSection 3 of DOMA Conforms to theConstitution, Not this Court’s Precedents...3B.Before Addressing the Questions Presentedby the Parties, the Court Should FirstReconsider whether the Fifth AmendmentContains an “Equal Protection Component”.5II.T
HIS
C
OURT
S
S
EARCH TO
 A 
PPLY 
E
QUAL
P
ROTECTION
P
RINCIPLES
S
HOULD
B
E
G
ROUNDED IN THE
C
ONSTITUTIONAL
T
EXT
,
 
N
OT
J
UDICIALLY 
D
EVISED
S
TANDARDS OF
R
EVIEW
...11 A.DOMA Must Be Evaluated against theText of the Constitution................11B.A Review of this Court’s CasesDemonstrates No Textual Basis and FewConsistent Principles..................14
 
iiC.Petitioner Correctly Faults the Court of  Appeals’ Balancing Test, but Ignores theLarger Issue of this Court’s EvolvingStandards of Review...................19D.The Time Has Come for this Court to Abandon Its “Standards of Review” andReturn to the Constitutional Text........23C
ONCLUSION
...............................24

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