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No.
 
12-2335
 
No. 12-2435 (consolidated)
 
 ________________________________________________________________________ 
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
 ________________________________________________________________________ 
EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR,
 Plaintiff-Appellee
,
 
v.UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
 Defendant,
andBIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEU.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant.
 
 ________________________________________________________________________ 
On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Southern District of New York
 
 ________________________________________________________________________ 
BRIEF OF MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESINCLUDING OBJECTING MEMBERS OF THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP, REPRESENTATIVES NANCY PELOSI ANDSTENY H. HOYERAS
 AMICI CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OFPLAINTIFF-APPELLEE AND URGING AFFIRMANCE*
 ________________________________________________________________________ 
Heather C. Sawyer, Minority CounselCOMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr.and Jerrold NadlerB-336 Rayburn BuildingWashington, DC 20515(202) 225-6906Miriam R. NemetzKathleen Connery DaweMichael B. KimberlyMAYER BROWN LLP1999 K Street NWWashington, DC 20006(202) 263-3000
 Attorneys for
 Amici
House Members*A complete list of 
 Amici
House Members appears on the reverse
 
 
The Members of the House of Representatives participating as
amici
include:
Nancy Pelosi, Steny H. Hoyer,
House Democratic Leader House Democratic Whip
James E. Clyburn Jerrold Nadler John Conyers, Jr.
House Assistant Ranking Member, Ranking Member, Democratic Leader Subcomm. on the Constitution Committee on the Judiciary
Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, David N. Cicilline
LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs
 
Gary L. Ackerman Charles A. Gonzalez John W. OlverRobert E. Andrews Al Green William L. OwensKaren Bass Raúl M. Grijalva Frank Pallone, Jr.Ron Barber Luis V. Gutierrez Bill Pascrell, Jr.Xavier Becerra Janice Hahn Ed PastorShelley Berkley Colleen W. Hanabusa Ed PerlmutterHoward L. Berman Alcee L. Hastings Gary C. PetersTimothy H. Bishop Martin Heinrich Chellie PingreeEarl Blumenauer Brian Higgins David E. PriceSuzanne Bonamici James A. Himes Mike QuigleyRobert A. Brady Maurice D. Hinchey Charles B. RangelBruce L. Braley Mazie K. Hirono Silvestre ReyesCorinne Brown Kathy Hochul Laura RichardsonLois Capps Rush D. Holt Steven R. RothmanMichael E. Capuano Michael M. Honda Lucille Roybal-AllardRuss Carnahan Steve Israel Bobby L. Rush André Carson Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Tim RyanJohn C. Carney, Jr. Sheila Jackson Lee Linda T. SánchezKathy Castor Eddie Bernice Johnson Loretta SanchezJudy Chu Henry C. Hank Johnson, Jr. John P. SarbanesHansen Clarke Marcy Kaptur Janice D. Schakowsky Yvette D. Clarke William R. Keating Adam B. Schiff Wm. Lacy Clay Dennis J. Kucinich Allyson Y. SchwartzEmanuel Cleaver John B. Larson Robert C. Bobby ScottSteve Cohen Barbara Lee José E. SerranoGerald E. Connolly Sander M. Levin Brad ShermanJoe Courtney John Lewis Albio SiresJoseph Crowley Zoe Lofgren Louise McIntosh SlaughterDanny K. Davis Nita M. Lowey Adam SmithSusan A. Davis Carolyn B. Maloney Jackie SpeierDiana DeGette Edward J. Markey Fortney Pete StarkRosa L. DeLauro Doris O. Matsui Mike ThompsonTheodore E. Deutch Carolyn McCarthy John F. TierneyNorman D. Dicks Betty McCollum Paul TonkoLloyd Doggett Jim McDermott Edolphus TownsMichael F. Doyle James P. McGovern Niki TsongasDonna F. Edwards Jerry McNerney Chris Van HollenKeith Ellison Gregory W. Meeks Nydia M. VelázquezEliot L. Engel Brad Miller Timothy J. Walz Anna G. Eshoo George Miller Debbie Wasserman SchultzSam Farr Gwen Moore Maxine WatersChaka Fattah James P. Moran Henry A. WaxmanBob Filner Christopher S. Murphy Peter WelchMarcia L. Fudge Grace F. Napolitano Lynn C. WoolseyJohn Garamendi Richard E. Neal John A. YarmuthEleanor Holmes Norton
 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .......................................................................... iiINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE 
.......................................................... 1INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ............................... 2 ARGUMENT .................................................................................................. 5I.
 
CONGRESSS TREATMENT OF LESBIANS AND GAY MENCONFIRMS THAT LAWS TARGETING THIS GROUPWARRANT HEIGHTENED JUDICIAL REVIEW. ............................... 5II.
 
SECTION 3 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ............................................. 12 A.
 
Section 3 is not the rational result of impartial lawmakingand violates our constitutional commitment to neutralityof the law where the rights of citizens are at stake...................... 14B.
 
Section 3 undermines Congresss legitimate interest inrespecting state marriages as a means of ensuring thestability and welfare of American families. .................................. 171.
 
Responsible procreation and childrearing does not justify discriminating against married gay and lesbiancouples and their children. ..................................................... 182.
 
Section 3 unjustifiably harms married gay and lesbiancouples and their children, undermining Congressslegitimate interest in respecting state-sanctionedmarriages. ............................................................................... 20C.
 
DOMA undercuts Congresss legitimate interest inrespecting state sovereignty. ......................................................... 23D.
 
Congresss interest in conserving resourcesan interestthat the governments own analysis shows to be undercutby DOMAcannot come at the cost of equal protection. ............. 25E.
 
The reasons invented in response to litigation also do not justify Section 3. ............................................................................. 27CONCLUSION ............................................................................................. 29 

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