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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family & Child Welfare Law Professors

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family & Child Welfare Law Professors

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United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Family and Child Welfare Law Professors in support of Plaintiff
United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Family and Child Welfare Law Professors in support of Plaintiff

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No. 12-307
I
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Supreme Court of the United States
U
NITED
S
TATES OF
 A 
MERICA 
,
 
 Petitioner
,v.E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
 W 
INDSOR
,
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 APACITY AS
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 XECUTOR OF THE
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STATE OF
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HEA 
C
LARA 
S
PYER
,
 et al.
,
 Respondent
s.
On Writ of Certiorari to the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second CircuitBRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
FAMILY AND CHILD WELFARE LAW PROFESSORS ADDRESSING THE MERITS AND IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS
KENDALL BRILL& KLIEGER LLPLaura W. BrillMeaghan L. Field10100 Santa Monica Blvd.Suite 1725Los Angeles, CA 90067(310) 556-2700 Joan Heifetz Hollinger John and Elizabeth BoaltLecturer-in-ResidenceUC Berkeley School of Law465 Boalt HallBerkeley, CA 94720Courtney JoslinProfessor of LawUC Davis School of Law400 Mrak Hall DriveDavis, CA 95616SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLPH. Rodgin CohenSharon L. Nelles* William H. WagenerGarrard R. BeeneyMitchell S. EitelHeather H. VolikDiana G. Iskelov125 Broad StreetNew York, NY 10004(212) 558-4000nelless@sullcrom.comKatharine SilbaughProfessor of Law andLaw Alumni ScholarBU School of Law765 Commonwealth AvenueBoston, MA 02215*
Counsel of Record
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
 Statement of Interest of Amici .................................. 1
 
Summary of the Argument ........................................ 1
 
 ARGUMENT .............................................................. 4
 
I.
 
Procreation is Not an Essential Elementof Marriage .......................................................... 4
 
 A.
 
The Ability or Desire to Procreate HasNever Been the Defining Feature of or aPrerequisite for a Valid Marriage ........................ 4
 
B.
 
The Constitutional Rights to Marry and toProcreate Are Distinct and Independent ............. 8
 
C.
 
Marriage Serves Multiple Purposes, theMajority of Which Are Not Related toChildren. ............................................................. 11
 
II.
 
The Federal Government Has Not Soughtto Promote Biological Parenthood OverOther Forms of Parenthood .............................. 16
 
 A.
 
State and Federal Laws Do Not Privilegeor Prefer Biological Parentage ........................... 17
 
B.
 
The Federal Government Seeks to ProvideStability for All Families—Regardless of Their Biological Connection ............................... 25
 
III.
 
This Court Has Rejected DifferentialTreatment of Children Based on theCircumstances of Their Birth ........................... 29
 
IV.
 
DOMA Undermines Child WelfareInterests ............................................................. 31
 
 
ii
 A.
 
DOMA Has No Rational Connection to the Asserted Goal of EncouragingHeterosexuals to Have Children WithinMarriage .............................................................. 31
 
B.
 
BLAG’s Claim That Opposite-Sex Couples Are Better Parents Than Married Same-Sex Couples Lacks Any Footing in Reality ........ 33
 
C.
 
DOMA Undermines the Well-Being of Children. ............................................................. 34
 
CONCLUSION ......................................................... 36 APPENDIX:Full list of 
amici
, including their institutionalaffiliations .......................................................... 1a
 

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