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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Law Professors

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Law Professors

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USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Law Professors in support of BLAG on the merits
USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Law Professors in support of BLAG on the merits

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N
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. 12-307I
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 Supreme Court of the United States
 _________________________ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
 Petitioner
,v.EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR IN HER CAPACITY  AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF THEA CLARA SPYER,
ET AL.
,
Respondents
. _________________________ On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of  Appeals for the Second Circuit _________________________ 
B
RIEF
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OR
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URIAE 
 
L
 AW 
P
ROFESSORS IN
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UPPORT OF
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ESPONDENT
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IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
 A 
DVISORY
G
ROUP OF THE
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NITED
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TATES
H
OUSEOF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
 A 
DDRESSING THE
M
ERITS AND
S
UPPORTING
R
EVERSAL
 Addressing the Issue of Whether Section Three of theDefense of Marriage Act Violates the Fifth Amendment Guarantee of Equal Protection
*Lynn D. Wardle, Esq.
*Counsel of Record
J. Reuben Clark LawSchool, Room 518Brigham Young UniversityProvo, Utah 84602(801) 422-2617wardlel@law.byu.eduStephen Kent Ehat, Esq.Calif. State Bar No. 133509C
 ALIFORNIA 
L
EGAL
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ESEARCH
,
 
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NC
.167 North 1150 EastLindon, Utah 84042-2527(877) 342-8529stephen@calri.com
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
Becker Gallagher · Cincinnati, OH · Washington, D.C.· 800.890.5001
 
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QUESTIONS PRESENTED
1.Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), 1 U.S.C. § 7, as applied topersons of the same sex who are legallymarried under the laws of their State, violatesthe Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equalprotection of the laws.2.Whether the Executive Branch’s agreementwith the court below that DOMA isunconstitutional deprives this Court of  jurisdiction to decide this case.3.Whether the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Groupof the United States House of Representativeshas Article III standing in this case.
 
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QUESTIONS PRESENTED...................IINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE 
...........1INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT..............2SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT..................8 ARGUMENT..............................11I.The Second Circuit Erroneously HeldThat Section Three of DOMA IntrudesUpon State Regulation of Marriage and Violates Principles of Federalism;However, DOMA Does Not Regulate or Apply to State Laws and Programs, But Applies Only to Federal Laws,Regulations, Programs, and Agencies.....11II.The Second Circuit Erred in HoldingThat Section Three of DOMA ViolatesPrinciples of Federalism BecauseFederalism Includes and Protects the Authority of Congress to Define Who IsEligible for Federal Programs andFederal Benefits and to Determine WhoIs Subject to Federal Laws and Duties....16

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