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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights et al

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights et al

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United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, et al., in support of Plaintiff
United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, et al., in support of Plaintiff

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No. 12-307
 
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Supreme Court of the United States
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U
NITED
S
TATES OF
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MERICA 
,
 Petitioner
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DITH
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CHLAIN
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in her Capacity asExecutor of the Estate of T
HEA 
C
LARA 
S
PYER
, et al.,
 
Respondents.
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On Writ of Certiorari to the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 _________ 
BRIEF FOR AMICI CURIAELEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL ANDHUMAN RIGHTS, BAR ASSOCIATIONS ANDPUBLIC INTEREST AND LEGAL SERVICEORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OFRESPONDENT EDITH WINDSOR
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L.L.P.1301 McKinneySuite 5100Houston, TX 77010(713) 651-5151* Counsel of RecordJ
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Counsel for Amici Curiae
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additional counsel listed inside cover
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ...................................... iiINTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE ............................... 1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ........................... 3 ARGUMENT .............................................................. 6I.
LAWRENCE 
REMOVED ANY PERCEIVED IMPEDIMENT TO THERECOGNITION OF HEIGHTENEDSCRUTINY FOR SEXUALORIENTATION CLASSIFICATIONS ............ 6II. SEXUAL ORIENTATIONCLASSIFICATIONS WARRANTHEIGHTENED SCRUTINY ......................... 10 A. Sexual Orientation ClassificationsRaise The Same Concerns As OtherClassifications Accorded HeightenedScrutiny .................................................... 10B. Gay People Have Suffered A LongHistory Of PrejudicialDiscrimination .......................................... 15C. Sexual Orientation Bears NoRelation To A Person’s Ability ToPerform In Or Contribute To Society ...... 20D. Sexual Orientation Is Distinguishing Characteristic ThatDefines A Discrete Group ........................ 22E. Gay People Remain DisadvantagedIn The Political Arena .............................. 24CONCLUSION ......................................................... 29 APPENDIX

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