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12-307 - Fmr. Fed. Intelligence Officer (Merits)

12-307 - Fmr. Fed. Intelligence Officer (Merits)

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Published by Chris Geidner
Amicus brief of a former CIA officer on behalf of Edith Windsor.
Amicus brief of a former CIA officer on behalf of Edith Windsor.

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Published by: Chris Geidner on Mar 01, 2013
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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
H
ER
C
 APACITY AS
 E
 XECUTOR OF THE
E
STATE OF
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HEA 
C
LARA 
S
PYER
 
O
 N 
 RIT OF 
C
 ERTIORARI TO THE
 NITED
 S
TATES
C
OURT OF 
 A
 PPEALS FOR THE
 S
 ECOND
C
 IRCUIT 
 
BRIEF OF FORMER FEDERAL INTELLIGENCEOFFICER AS
 AMICUS CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OFPETITIONER AND RESPONDENT(Merits)
J
 AMES
F.
 
S
EGROVES
 
Counsel of Record
 P
ROSKAUER
R
OSE
LLP1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20004(202) 416-6800 jsegroves@proskauer.com
 
 
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 bene-fits, as “only a legal union between one man and onewoman as husband and wife.” 1 U.S.C. § 7. It simi-larly defines the term “spouse” as “a person of theopposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”
 Id.
Thequestion presented is as follows: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)
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageQUESTION PRESENTED...........................................i
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES......................................iii
 
INTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
............................1
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT.....................................4
 
 ARGUMENT...............................................................5
 
DOMA HAMPERS THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT’S ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN PERSONNEL WITH SKILLSETS ESSENTIAL TO THE DEFENSE OFNATIONAL SECURITY...........................................5
 
 A.
 
Workforce Diversity Is Essential to theDefense of National Security...........................6
 
B.
 
DOMA Negatively Affects EmployeeRecruitment and Retention In AreasCritical to National Security..........................10
 
CONCLUSION..........................................................14
 
 APPENDIX: Intelligence Community JointStatement on Commitment to EqualEmployment Opportunity and Diversity (2013)
 
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