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ABA DOMA Amicus Brief

ABA DOMA Amicus Brief

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American Bar Association amicus brief supporting Edith Windsor
American Bar Association amicus brief supporting Edith Windsor

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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
.,
 Respondents.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATESCOURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
BRIEF OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION IN SUPPORTOF RESPONDENT EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSORON THE MERITS QUESTION
d
L
 AUREL
G. B
ELLOWS
Counsel of Record
P
RESIDENT
 A 
MERICAN
B
 AR
 A 
SSOCIATION
321 North Clark StreetChicago, Illinois 60654(312) 988-5000abapresident@americanbar.org
 Attorneys for Amicus CuriaeThe American Bar AssociationOf Counsel
:T
RAVIS
 J. T
U
H
 ARRY 
S
 ANDICK 
 J
OHN
E. R
OBERTS
M
 ARLA 
D
UNN
 J
OSEPH
R. R
ICHIE
 
 i
QUESTION PRESENTED
 
Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, violates the Fifth Amendment’sguarantee of equal protection of the laws as appliedto persons of the same sex who are legally marriedunder the laws of their State.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
iiSTATEMENT OF INTEREST ............... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................ 5 ARGUMENT ............................... 7I. S
ECTION
3
 
S
INGLES
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 ARRIED
G
 AY 
 A 
ND
L
ESBIAN
C
OUPLES
B
 Y 
E
XCLUDING
T
HEM
F
ROM
T
HE
F
EDERAL
B
ENEFITS
T
HAT
S
UPPORT
 A 
ND
P
ROTECT
 A 
LL
O
THER
L
EGALLY 
M
 ARRIED
C
OUPLES
............... 8 A. Health Care ......................... 11B. Retirement Planning ................. 14C. Immigration ......................... 17D. Military Benefits .................... 19E. Taxes ............................... 21F. Ethical Responsibilities .............. 24II. S
ECTION
3’
S
U
NPRECEDENTED
E
XCLUSION
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F
 A 
 
D
ISCRETE
G
ROUP
O
F
L
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M
 ARRIED
C
OUPLES
F
ROM
F
EDERAL
B
ENEFITS
 A 
ND
R
ESPONSIBILITIES
C
ONTRAVENES
E
QUAL
-P
ROTECTION
P
RINCIPLES
............................. 25 A. Section 3’s Unprecedented Intrusioninto an Area Traditionally Reservedto the States Signals the Need forCareful Review ...................... 27B. Section 3 Cannot Survive AppropriateScrutiny Under Equal-ProtectionPrinciples ........................... 29CONCLUSION ............................ 34

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