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12-307 Brief for American Humanist Association Et Al.

12-307 Brief for American Humanist Association Et Al.

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No. 12-307In The
Supreme Court of the United States
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
,
 P 
ETITIONER
,
v.
EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR
,
et al
.,
R
ESPONDENTS 
.
  _____________________ On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 ————————— 
 
BRIEF
 AMICI CURIAE 
OF THE AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC., AMERICAN ETHICAL UNION,THE CENTER FOR INQUIRY,MILITARY ASSOCIATION OF ATHEISTS ANDFREETHINKERS,SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA,SECULAR STUDENT ALLIANCE, ANDSOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM,IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS ADDRESSING THE MERITS
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 WILLIAM J. BURGESS ELIZABETH L. HILEMANMONICA MILLER Hileman & Williams, P.C. Appignani Humanist 7979 Old Georgetown Rd.Legal Center Bethesda, Md. 20814 American Humanist (301) 652-1448 Association ehileman@hilemanlaw.com1777 T Street, N.W. (counsel of record)Washington, D.C. 20009(202) 238-9088bburgess@americanhumanist.org
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................... iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................. iiiINTERESTS OF AMICI CURIAE .......................................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................................. 3 ARGUMENT ............................................................................ 5I.
 
DOMA VIOLATES EQUAL PROTECTIONBECAUSE IT REFLECTS AND PERPETUATESPREJUDICE TOWARDS A PROTECTED CLASS AND IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY ANY VALIDGOVERNMENTAL INTEREST ........................................ 5 A. Laws such as DOMA, which divide people onthe basis of sexual orientation, draw a suspectlegislative classification requiring heightened judicial scrutiny ........................................................ 6B. There is no legitimate governmental interest,compelling or otherwise, that can justifydenying federal recognition of the marriages of gays and lesbians .............. ..................................... 10C. Traditional notions of religious morality arenot a valid governmental interest that can justify discrimination in their name. ..................... 12D. DOMA lacks a legitimate secular purpose inviolation of the Establishment Clause. ................. 20
 
 
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STRIKING DOWN THIS DISCRIMINATORY LAWDOES NOT IN ANY WAY IMPAIR RELIGIOUSLIBERTY .......................................................................... 22CONCLUSION ...................................................................... 30 APPENDIX ..................................................................... App. 1

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