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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum

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USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, Inc., in support of BLAG on the merits
USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, Inc., in support of BLAG on the merits

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No. 12-307
In the Supreme Court of the United States
U
NITED
S
TATES OF
 A 
MERICA 
,
  Petitioner,
v.E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
W
INDSOR
 
 AND
 B
IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
 A 
DVISORY 
G
ROUP OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
H
OUSE OF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
,
 Respondents.
On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
BRIEF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
OF EAGLE FORUMEDUCATION & LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, INC.,IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT BIPARTISANLEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THE UNITEDSTATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INSUPPORT OF REVERSAL ON THE MERITS
L
 AWRENCE
J.
 
J
OSEPH
 1250
 
C
ONNECTICUT
 A 
 VE
.
 
NWS
UITE
200W
 ASHINGTON
, DC 20036(202) 355-9452ljoseph@larryjoseph.com
Counsel for Amicus Curiae
 
 
i
QUESTIONS PRESENTED
Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, violates the equal protectioncomponent of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
 
 ii
TABLE OF CONTENTSPages
Questions Presented ................................................... i
 
Table of Contents ....................................................... ii
 
Table of Authorities ................................................... iii
 
Interest of 
 Amicus Curiae
.......................................... 1
 
Statement of the Case ................................................ 2
 
Statement of Facts ..................................................... 7
 
Summary of Argument............................................... 8
 
 Argument .................................................................... 9
 
I.
 
This Case Concerns Not Only the Fate of DOMA But Also the Fate of Marriage in All States ....... 9
 
 A.
 
Windsor’s Legal Reasoning Applies Equallyto All State Marriage Laws ......................... 11
 
B.
 
 As a Practical Matter, Rejecting DOMA Would Spread Same-Sex MarriageNationwide ................................................... 15
 
C.
 
DOMA Falls Within Federal Power andOutside the Tenth Amendment .................. 18
 
II.
 
 Baker
Remains Binding on Lower Courts, andThis Court Should Affirm
 Baker
....................... 22
 
 A.
 
No Post-
 Baker
Decision Undermines
 Baker
 as the Controlling Authority ....................... 24
 
B.
 
The Constitution Is Deferential to thePeople’s and States’ Reserved Powers ........ 25
 
C.
 
This Court Should Affirm
 Baker
under AnyLevel of Scrutiny.......................................... 27
 
1.
 
DOMA Has a Rational Basis ................ 29
 
2.
 
DOMA Has a Hyper-Rational Basis ..... 30
 
3.
 
DOMA Meets Intermediate Scrutiny ... 32
 
Conclusion ................................................................ 34
 

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