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Windsor: Amicus Brief of John K Olson (Merits)

Windsor: Amicus Brief of John K Olson (Merits)

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United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Honorable John K. Olson in support of Plaintiff addressing the merits
United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Honorable John K. Olson in support of Plaintiff addressing the merits

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No. 12-307
INTHE
SupremeCourtoftheUnitedStates
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Petitioner 
,v.EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR,
 Respondent 
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THEHONORABLEJOHNK.OLSONINSUPPORTOFRESPONDENTADDRESSINGTHEMERITS
G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
Counsel of Record 
Collin O’Connor UdellMatthew J. DeludeConstance BeverleyKate O’KeeffeMark P. DiPernaD
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LLP90 State House SquareHartford, Connecticut 06103(860) 524-3999eric.brunstad@dechert.com
Counsel for Amicus Curiae
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Alicia M. FarleyVictoria Campbell FitzpatricRani HabashAmy ThayerMichael J. SullivanAnna DoBrian RaphelD
ECHERT
LLP90 State House SquareHartford, Connecticut 06103(860) 524-3999
Counsel for Amicus Curiae
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS........................................
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES.................................
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INTEREST OF THE
AMICUS CURIAE 
.............1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT .....................2 ARGUMENT .........................................................6 A. The History of Discrimination AgainstHomosexuals Is Ancient, Pervasive, Violent, Abusive, and Ongoing...................61. The History of Discrimination Against Homosexuals Is One of  Violent Criminalization.......................62. Discrimination Has PersistedSince the Class Became Identi-fiable.....................................................73. Discriminatory Violence Against Homosexuals Contin-ues.......................................................10B. The Legislative History of DOMA Re-veals that It Is an Outgrowth of, andPerpetuates, Prejudice Against Homo-sexuals.......................................................131. DOMA Arose To Stifle a Nas-cent Effort in Hawaii To Rec-ognize Marriage Equality..................15

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