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DOMA Congressional Amicus Brief

DOMA Congressional Amicus Brief

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Published by Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joins 211 Members of Congress in amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging end of discrimination against same-sex couples.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joins 211 Members of Congress in amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging end of discrimination against same-sex couples.

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Published by: Senator Ron Wyden on Mar 27, 2013
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No. 12-307
In the Supreme Court of the United States
United States of America
,
 Petitioner
,v.
Edith Schlain Windsor andBipartisan Legal Advisory Group of theUnited States House of Representatives
,
Respondents.
On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appealsfor the Second Circuit
BRIEF OF 172 MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OFREPRESENTATIVES AND 40 U.S. SENATORS AS
 AMICICURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OFRESPONDENT EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR,URGING AFFIRMANCE ON THE MERITS
Heather C. Sawyer
House Committee onthe JudiciaryMinority Counsel toRanking MembersJohn Conyers, Jr.and Jerrold Nadler B-336 Rayburn Bldg.Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-6906 
Miriam R. Nemetz
Counsel of Record
Richard B. KatskeeKathleen Connery DaweMichael B. Kimberly
Mayer Brown LLP 1999 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 263-3000 
mnemetz@mayerbrown.com
Counsel for Amici Curiae
 
 A complete list of the 172 Members of the House of Repre-sentatives and 40 U.S. Senators participating as
amici
isprovided in an appendix to this brief. Among them are:
Nancy Pelosi
House DemocraticLeader
Steny H. Hoyer
House DemocraticWhip
 James E. Clyburn
House Assistant Democratic Leader
Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
Richard J. Durbin
 Assistant SenateMajority Leader
Charles E. Schumer
Vice Chair, Senate Democratic Conference
Patty Murray
Secretary, Senate Democratic Conference
Rep. Jerrold Nadler Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Lead Sponsors, Respect for Marriage Act
 John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member, HouseCommittee on the Judiciary
Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, SenateCommittee on the Judiciary
 Jared Polis, David N. Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney,Mark Pocan, Kyrsten Sinema, and Mark Takano
House LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Authorities...................................................iiiInterest of the
Amici Curiae
.......................................1Introduction and Summary of the Argument............2 Argument.....................................................................4I. Gay men and lesbians lack meaningfulpolitical power........................................................4 A. Just as heightened review applies tosex-based classifications, it should applyhere....................................................................5B. Gay men and lesbians could not preventDOMA, and their marriages remain thesubject of unfavorable congressionalattention............................................................6C. Lesbians and gay men have yet toobtain basic civil-rights protections...............10II. DOMA Section 3 is unconstitutional...................12 A. DOMA is not the rational result of impartial lawmaking......................................12B. None of the arguments advanced inDOMA’s defense justifies the denial of federal recognition for married gay andlesbian couples................................................211. Preservation of tradition is not avalid basis for DOMA................................222. DOMA harms American families andserves no legitimate federal interestin procreation or child-rearing..................233. DOMA undercuts Congress’s long-standing practice of deferring to theStates on matters of family law................27

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