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12-302 #6

12-302 #6

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EQCF Dkt #6 - DOJ Reply
EQCF Dkt #6 - DOJ Reply

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No. 12-302
 In the Supreme Court of the United States
O
FFICE OF
P
ERSONNEL
M
 ANAGEMENT
,
ET AL
.,
PETITIONERS
v.
J
OANNE
P
EDERSEN
,
ET AL
.
ON PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI 
 BEFORE JUDGMENT TO THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT 
REPLY BRIEF FOR THE FEDERAL PETITIONERS
D
ONALD
B. V 
ERRILLI
, J
R
.
 Solicitor GeneralCounsel of Record Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov (202) 514-2217 
12-302 EQCF Dkt #6 Filed 11/08/2012
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page A.
The Internal Revenue Code poses no obstacle to
B.
Federal petitioners, as defendants against which
 judgment was entered, have standing to seek
C.
Certiorari before judgment is warranted here if 
necessary to ensure timely and definitive resolution
D. Granting this petition would not unnecessarily
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Cases:
 Department of Health
&
 Human Servs.
v.
 Florida
, 354U.S. 1 (1957) .................................. 3, 4
 Massachusetts v. Department of Health & Human Servs.
, 682 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2012), petitions for cert.pending, Nos. 12-13 (filed June 29, 2012), 12-15
Constitution and statutes:U.S. Const.:
 Art. III ............................................................................................1
Defense of Marriage Act, Pub. L. No. 104-199, § 3,
Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 6013(a)................................2
(I)
 
 
n the Supreme Court of the United States
No. 12-302O
FFICE OF
P
ERSONNEL
M
 ANAGEMENT
,
ET AL
.,
PETITIONERS
v.
J
OANNE
P
EDERSEN
,
ET AL
.
ON PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI 
 BEFORE JUDGMENT TO THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT 
REPLY BRIEF FOR THE FEDERAL PETITIONERS
Respondent Joanne Pedersen agrees that the Courtshould grant the petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives (BLAG)agrees that the question presented by this case— whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection as applied to persons of the same sex who are legally married under state law—warrants thisCourt’s immediate review. BLAG nevertheless opposesthis petition on four grounds: (1) certain plaintiffs mightlack Article III standing to pursue their income-taxclaims; (2) the federal petitioners might lack appellatestanding to seek this Court’s review; (3) certiorari be-fore judgment is not warranted because the petitions fora writ of certiorari in
 Massachusetts
v.
 Department of 
(1)

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