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Amicus Brief of 278 Employers and Organizations for Windsor

Amicus Brief of 278 Employers and Organizations for Windsor

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No. 12-307
I
N THE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
T
HE
U
NITED
S
TATES OF
 A
MERICA
,
 
Petitioner,
v.E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
W
INDSOR
,
IN HER CAPACITY AS
E
XECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF
T
HEA
C
LARA
S
PYER
 andB
IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
 A
DVISORY 
G
ROUP OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
H
OUSE OF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
,
Respondents.
On Writ of Certiorarito the United States Court of Appealsfor the Second Circuit
B
RIEF OF
278
 
E
MPLOYERS AND
O
RGANIZATIONS
R
EPRE-SENTING
E
MPLOYERS AS
A
MICI
C
URIAE
IN
S
UPPORT OF
R
ESPONDENT
E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
W
INDSOR
(M
ERITS
B
RIEF
)
 
S
 ABIN
W
ILLETT
Counsel of Record 
B
ETH
I.Z.
 
B
OLAND
 M
 ARY 
T.
 
H
USER
 S
USAN
B
 AKER
M
 ANNING
 R
 AYMOND
C.
 
M
 ARSHALL
 J
OHN
 A.
 
P
OLITO
 
B
INGHAM
M
C
C
UTCHEN
LLPOne Federal StreetBoston, MA 02110-1726(617) 951-8000sabin.willett@bingham.comCounsel for Amici Curiae
 
(Additional counsel shown on signature page
)
 
-i-
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
 TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................. iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ......................................iiINTEREST OF THE AMICI CURIAE ...................... 1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ........................ 10 ARGUMENT ............................................................ 11 A. DOMA Imposes Compliance Burdensupon Employers .............................................. 131. Workplace Benefits and a WorkplaceEthos of Transparent Fairness areCritical to Amici’s Success ....................... 132. DOMA Burdens Amici and TheirEmployees, and Strains theEmployer/Employee Relationship ........... 143. DOMA Forces Employers to Incur Administrative Burdens andExpense. ................................................... 25B. DOMA Forces Amici to Affirm Discrimi-nation They Regard as Injurious to TheirCorporate Missions and Contrary to Non-Discrimination Laws and Policies ................. 31CONCLUSION ........................................................ 36 Appendix A: Identification of Amici ................ App 1
 
-ii-
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
 
Page(s)
 
C
ASES
 
Bd. of the County Comm’rs of Bryan County v.Brown,
520 U.S. 397 (1997)
...........................................
33
 Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S.House of Representatives v. Gill,
No. 12-13
............................................................
15
 Cozen O’Connor P.C. v. Tobits,
No. 2:11-cv-00045 (E.D. Pa.)
.............................
32
 Department of Health and Human Services v.Massachusetts,
No. 12-15
............................................................
15
 Goodridge v. Department of Public Health,
798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003)
............................
12
 Grutter v. Bollinger,
539 U.S. 306 (2003)
...........................................
36
 Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services,
No. 12-97
............................................................
15
 Office of Personnel Management v. Golinski,
No. 12-16
............................................................
15
 Office of Personnel Management v. Pedersen,
No. 12-302
..........................................................
15
 Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management,
No. 12-231
..........................................................
15
 

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