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12-307 Brief for Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children

12-307 Brief for Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children

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12-307 Brief for Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children
12-307 Brief for Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children

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No. 12-307
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In The
Supreme Court of the United States
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---------------------------------UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
 Petitioner,
v.EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR,in her capacity as executor of theestate of THEA CLARA SPYER, et al.,
 Respondents.
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On Writ Of Certiorari To TheUnited States Court Of AppealsFor The Second Circuit
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BRIEF FOR AMICI CURIAESCHOLARS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTSOF CHILDREN IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTEDITH WINDSOR ADDRESSING THEMERITS AND SUPPORTING AFFIRMANCE
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 ASHINGTON
 G
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NIVERSITY 
 
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 AW
 140 Decatur St. Atlanta, GA 30303
 
J. R
OBERT
B
ROWN
 
Counsel of Record
S
USANNAH
W. P
OLLVOGT
 C
 ATHERINE
E. S
MITH
 
 YLE
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ELTE
 
U
NIVERSITY OF
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ENVER
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TURM
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OLLEGE
 
OF
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 AW
 2255 E. Evans Ave.Denver, CO 80208303.871.6254 jbrown@law.du.edu ================================================================
COCKLE LAW BRIEF PRINTING CO. (800) 225-6964OR CALL COLLECT (402) 342-2831
 
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QUESTION PRESENTED
 Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1U.S.C. § 7, violates the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
 
iiTABLE OF CONTENTSPageINTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE.......................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .............................. 2 ARGUMENT ........................................................ 6I. DOMA AFFIRMATIVELY HARMSCHILDREN................................................ 6 A. The Children of Gay and LesbianParents Are an Important and Siza-ble Segment of Society ......................... 7B. DOMA Deprives Children of Im-portant Federal Benefits ..................... 9C. DOMA Inflicts Psychological Harm on All Children with Gay or LesbianParents ................................................ 13II. DOMA FAILS UNDER ANY LEVEL OFSCRUTINY BECAUSE IT PUNISHESCHILDREN BASED ON THE CONDUCTOF THEIR PARENTS ................................ 17 A. The Court’s Treatment of Discrimina-tion Against Non-Marital Children ..... 18B. The Court’s Broader Concern withDiscrimination Against Children ........ 25C. Moral Disapproval of the Parents’ Re-lationship is Not a Permissible Basisfor Punishing Children ........................ 27CONCLUSION ..................................................... 33

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