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Mass_DOMA_Appeals #5582087

Mass_DOMA_Appeals #5582087

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Doc # 5582087 - BLAG opening brief
Doc # 5582087 - BLAG opening brief

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Nos. 10-2204, 10-2207, 10-2214_________
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT
_________COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,Plaintiff-Appellee,v.U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, et al.,Defendants-Appellants._________NANCY GILL, et al.,Plaintiffs-Appellees,DEAN HARA,Plaintiff-Appellee/Cross-Appellant,v.OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, et al.,Defendants-Appellants/Cross-Appellees._________On Appeal from Final Orders of the U.S. District Courtfor the District of Massachusetts_________
BRIEF FOR INTERVENOR-APPELLANTTHE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OFTHE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116264835 Page: 1 Date Filed: 09/22/2011 Entry ID: 5582087
ALSO filed in Cases 10-2207, 10-2214
 
Paul D. ClementH. Christopher BartolomucciConor B. DuganNicholas J. NelsonB
ANCROFT
PLLC1919 M Street, N.W., Suite 470Washington, D.C. 20036(202) 234-0090
Counsel for Intervenor-Appellant 
OF COUNSEL:Kerry W. Kircher, General CounselChristine Davenport, Senior Assistant CounselKatherine E. McCarron, Assistant CounselWilliam Pittard, Assistant CounselKirsten W. Konar, Assistant CounselOffice of General CounselU.S. House of Representatives219 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116264835 Page: 2 Date Filed: 09/22/2011 Entry ID: 5582087
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ..................................................................................ivJURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT .......................................................................1STATEMENT OF THE ISSUE PRESENTED ......................................................1STATEMENT OF THE CASE ...............................................................................2Decisions Below ................................................................................................2Proceedings on Appeal ......................................................................................4STATEMENT OF FACTS .....................................................................................5SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ..............................................................................5ARGUMENT ..........................................................................................................9Standard of Review ............................................................................................9Background ........................................................................................................9I. DOMA’s Legislative History ........................................................................11II. DOMA’s Executive Branch History ............................................................16DOMA Fully Complies with the Constitutional Guarantee of Equal Protection .................................................................................................18I. As an Act of Congress, DOMA Is Entitled to a Strong Presumptionof Constitutionality .....................................................................................18II. Binding Supreme Court Precedent Forecloses Plaintiffs’Constitutional Challenge to DOMA ............................................................19III. Circuit Precedent Makes Clear that Rational Basis Review, NotAny Form of Heightened Scrutiny, Governs Plaintiffs’ Challengeto DOMA .....................................................................................................24
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116264835 Page: 3 Date Filed: 09/22/2011 Entry ID: 5582087

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