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JAMES R. MCGUIRE (CA SBN 189275)
JMcGuire@mofo.com
 
GREGORY P. DRESSER (CA SBN 136532)
 
GDresser@mofo.com
 
RITA F. LIN (CA SBN 236220)
 
RLin@mofo.com
 
AARON D
.
JONES (CA SBN 248246)
 
AJones@mofo.com
 
MORRISON & FOERSTER
LLP
 
425 Market Street
 
San Francisco, Califo
rnia 94105
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2482
 Telephone: 415.268.7000
Facsimile: 415.268.7522
 
JON W. DAVIDSON (CA SBN 89301)
 JDavidson@lambdalegal.org
SUSAN L. SOMMER (pro hac vice)
 SSommer@lambdalegal.orgTARA L. BORELLI (CA SBN 216961)
TBorelli@lambdalegal.org
 
LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, INC.
 
3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1300
 
Los Angeles, California 90010
-1729Telephone: 213.382.7600
Facsimile: 213.351.6050
 
Attorneys for Plaintiff 
 
KAREN GOLINSKI
 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
 
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
 
SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION
 
KAREN GOLINSKI,
 
Plaintiff,
 v.
UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL
MANAGEMENT, and JOHN BERRY, Directorof the United States Office of Personnel
Management, in his official capacity,
 Defendants.
Case No.
 
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PLAINTIFF’S REPLY TO
 
BI
PARTISAN LEGAL ADVIS
ORYGROUP’S OPPOSITION T
O HER
MOTION FOR SUMMARYJUDG
M
ENT
 
Date:
 
September 16, 2011
 
Time:
 
9:00 a.m.
 
Dept.
:
Courtroom 11Judge:
 
Hon. Jeffrey S. White
 
Case3:10-cv-00257-JSW Document154 Filed07/22/11 Page1 of 22
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...........................................................................................................
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT......................................................................................................
vi
 
I.
 
BLAG CANNOT AVOID SU
MMARY JUDGMENT SIMPLY BY ASSE
RTINGTHAT ITS MOTION TO D
ISMISS SHOULD BE GRA
NTED........................................
1
A.
 
 Baker 
and
 Adams
Are Irrelevant to the Questions Presented Here and DoNot Control..............................................................................................................
1
B.
 
BLAG Cannot Escape Application of Heightened Scrutiny...................................
21.
 
 High Tech Gays
Does Not Foreclose Heightened Scrutiny........................
22. Government Discrimination Against Lesbians and Gay MenWarrants Heightened Scrutiny....................................................................3
a.
Plaintiff Need Not Demonstrate “Animus” for Heightened
Scrutiny to Apply............................................................................
3b. Sexual Orientation Is a Core, Deeply-
Rooted Characteristic..........
4
c.
Lesbian and Gay Men’s Procreative Capacity Bears No
Relat
ion to Their Ability to Contribute to Society..........................
5d. Lesbians and Gay Men Indisputably Face Significant
Obstacles to Protection from Discrimination Through the
Political Process..............................................................................
63. DOMA Classifies Lesbians and Gay Men for Differential
Treatment Based on Sex, Meriting Heightened Scrutiny............................
64. Heightened Scrutiny Appl
ies Because DOMA Violates Plaintiff’sSubstantive Due Process Rights.................................................................
.6
C.
 
Even if Rational Basis Review Applied, BLAG Still Identifies NoLegitimate Government Interest Advanced by DOMA..........................................
71.
Singling Out Marriages Between Same
-
Sex Couples for Non
-
Recognition Is Not an Act of Permissible “Line
-
Drawing.”.......................
72.
DOMA Cannot Be Justified as Furthering a “Uniform” Federal
Definition of Marriage.................................................................................
93.
DOMA Cannot Be Justified as a Rational Act of “Caution.”.....................
94.
The Denial of Equal Spousal Health Coverage Cannot Be Justified
as an Attempt to “Incentivize” Different-
Sex Parents to Raise
Children.....................................................................................................10
 
II.
 
RULE 56(D) DOES NOT ALLOW BLAG TO ESCAPE SUMMARY
JUDGMENT.....................................................................................................................12
 
CONCLUSION.............................................................................................................................15
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
 
Page(s)
 C
ASES
 
 Adams v. Howerton
,
673 F.2d 1036 (9th Cir. 1982)...............................................................................................1, 2
 
 Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, In
c.
,
477 U.S. 242 (1986)................................................................................................................13
 
 Baker v. Nelson
,
409 U.S. 810 (1972)..................................................................................................................
1
 Bd. of Trs. of the Univ. of Ala. v. Garrett 
,
531 U.S. 356 (2001)..............................................................................................................4, 9
 
 Bowers v. Hardwick 
,
478 U.S. 186 (1986)..................................................................................................................
3
 Brae Transp., Inc. v. Coopers & Lybrand 
,
790 F.2d 1439 (9th Cir.1986)..................................................................................................14
 
 Burli
ngton N. Santa Fe R.R. v. Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation
,
323 F.3d 767 (9th Cir. 2003).............................................................................................12, 13
 
Califano v. Boles
,
443 U.S. 282 (1979)................................................................................................................11
 
Christian Legal Soc’y Chapter of the Univ. of Cal. v. Martinez
,
130 S. Ct. 2971 (2010)..............................................................................................................
4
City o
 f 
 
Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Ctr.
,
473 U.S. 432 (1985)........................................................................................................5, 6, 12
 
Commonwealth of Mass. v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Servs.
,
698 F. Supp. 2d 234 (D. Mass. 2011)........................................................................................
2
Cornwell v. Electra Cent. Credit Union
,
439 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2006)................................................................................................
.14
 Dep’t of Agric. v.
 
 Moreno
,
413 U.S. 528 (1973)..................................................................................................................
8
 Dragovich v. U.S. Dep’t of Treasury
,
764 F. Supp. 2d 1178 (N.D. Cal. 2011).....................................................................................
7
 Eisenstadt v. Baird,
 
405 U.S. 438 (1972)..................................................................................................................
8
Gill v. Office of Pers. Mgmt.
,
699 F. Supp. 2d 374 (D. Mass. 2010)...............................................................................
passim
 
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