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OUTSERVE-SLDN Amicus Brief

OUTSERVE-SLDN Amicus Brief

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14-2386 #122 Amicus Brief of OUTSERVE-SLDN and The American Military Partner Association in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees
14-2386 #122 Amicus Brief of OUTSERVE-SLDN and The American Military Partner Association in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees

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Case Nos. 14-2386, 14-2387 & 14-2388UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUITM
ARILYN
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ASKIN
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.,Plaintiffs-Appellees,v.P
ENNY
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.,Defendants-Appellants.Appeal from the Southern District of Indiana (1:14-cv-00355-RLY-TAB)M
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.,Plaintiffs-Appellees,v.C
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.,Defendants-Appellants.Appeal from the Southern District of Indiana (1:14-cv-00404-RLY-TAB)P
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.,Plaintiffs-Appellees,v.B
RIAN
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.,Defendants-Appellants.Appeal from the Southern District of Indiana (1:14-cv-00406-RLY-MJD)
BRIEF OF
AMICI CURIAE 
 OUTSERVE-SLDN AND THE AMERICANMILITARY PARTNER ASSOCIATION IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES
Abbe David LowellChristopher D. ManCHADBOURNE & PARKE LLP1200 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036
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Case: 14-2526 Document: 79
 
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
OutServe-SLDN and the American Military Partner Association are non- profit organizations. Neither organization issues stock and neither organization hasa parent corporation./s/ Christopher D. ManChristopher D. ManAttorney for 
 Amici Curiae
August 1, 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTSINTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
.................................................................... 1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ............................................................ 5ARGUMENT .......................................................................................... 8I. THE UNEVEN PATCHWORK OF STATES PROVIDING MARRIAGEEQUALITY HARMS MILITARY FAMILIES AND UNDERMINES NATIONAL SECURITY..................................................................... 8A. The Military Supports The Inclusion Of Gay And LesbianService Members, And The Uniform Treatment Of All ServiceMembers, Regardless Of Sexual Orientation ............................ 8B. Strengthening Military Families Improves National Security.11C. The Military And Military Families Are Harmed By States ThatRefuse To Provide Marriage Equality......................................131. Refusing To Recognize A Marriage Is An AffrontTo The Dignity Of The Married Couple And Their Children .........................................................................152. Refusing To Respect Valid Marriages Places TheMilitary At A Competitive Disadvantage In RecruitmentAnd Retention ...............................................................163. Refusal To Recognize Marriages Threatens MilitaryUniformity .....................................................................21II. THE UNEVEN PATCHWORK OF STATES PROVIDING MARRIAGEEQUALITYCOMPLICATES THE PAYMENT OF VETERANSBENEFITS AND HARMS VETERANS...........................................22CONCLUSION ........................................................................................27
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