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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PETITIONER v. EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, IN HER CAPACITY AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF THEA CLARA SPYER, ET AL.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PETITIONER v. EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, IN HER CAPACITY AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF THEA CLARA SPYER, ET AL.

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BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES ON THE MERITS QUESTION

DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR.
Solicitor General Counsel of Record
STUART F. DELERY
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
SRI SRINIVASAN
Deputy Solicitor General
PRATIK A. SHAH
Assistant to the Solicitor General
MICHAEL JAY SINGER AUGUST E. FLENTJE HELEN L. GILBERT
Attorneys
Department of Justice Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov (202) 514-2217
BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES ON THE MERITS QUESTION

DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR.
Solicitor General Counsel of Record
STUART F. DELERY
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
SRI SRINIVASAN
Deputy Solicitor General
PRATIK A. SHAH
Assistant to the Solicitor General
MICHAEL JAY SINGER AUGUST E. FLENTJE HELEN L. GILBERT
Attorneys
Department of Justice Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov (202) 514-2217

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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
,
IN HER CAPACITY AS
 
E
 XECUTOR OF THE
E
STATE OF
T
HEA 
C
LARA 
S
PYER
,
 
ET AL
.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT 
BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATESON THE MERITS QUESTION
D
ONALD
B. V 
ERRILLI
, J
R
.
 Solicitor GeneralCounsel of Record
S
TUART
F. D
ELERY
 Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
S
RI
S
RINIVASAN
 Deputy Solicitor General
P
RATIK
 A. S
HAH
 Assistant to the Solicitor General
M
ICHAEL
J
 AY
S
INGER
 A 
UGUST
E. F
LENTJE
H
ELEN
L. G
ILBERT
 Attorneys Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov (202) 514-2217 
 
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)defines the term marriage for all purposes underfederal law, including the provision of federal benefits,as only a legal union between one man and one wom-an as husband and wife. 1 U.S.C. 7. It similarlydefines the term spouse as a person of the oppositesex who is a husband or a wife.
 Ibid.
The questionpresented is: Whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the Fifth Amendments guarantee of equal protection of thelaws as applied to persons of the same sex who arelegally married under the laws of their state.
(I)
 
 
 
PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING
Petitioner, who was a defendant in the districtcourt and an appellant in the court of appeals, is theUnited States of America.The private individual respondent, who was plain-tiff in the district court and an appellee in the court of appeals, is Edith Schlain Windsor.Respondent Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives inter- vened in this case in defense of Section 3 of DOMA.
(II)
 

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