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3:10-cv-01750 #102

3:10-cv-01750 #102

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Doc #102 - BLAG reply in support of motion to dismiss
Doc #102 - BLAG reply in support of motion to dismiss

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 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT ________________________________ )JOANNE PEDERSEN, et al., ))Plaintiffs, ))v. ) No. 3:10-cv-1750 (VLB))OFFICE OF PERSONNEL )MANAGEMENT, et al., ))Defendants. ) ________________________________ )INTERVENOR-DEFENDANT’S REPLY MEMORANDUM OF LAWIN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION TO DISMISSPaul D. ClementH. Christopher BartolomucciConor B. DuganNicholas J. NelsonBANCROFT PLLC1919 M Street, Northwest, Suite 470Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Counsel for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives 
 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, District of Columbia 20515
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iTABLE OF CONTENTSTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ............................................................................ iiARGUMENT .................................................................................................. 1I.
BAKER v. NELSON 
MANDATES DISMISSAL ....................... 1II. DEFERENTIAL RATIONAL BASIS REVIEW APPLIESTO DOMA ................................................................................. 3III. DOMA EASILY SURVIVES RATIONAL BASIS REVIEW ....... 4A. Protecting the Social Benefits of Marriage from theUnknown Consequences of Its Redefinition IsEminently Rational ....................................................... 4B. DOMA Is Rationally Related to the LegitimateGovernment Interest in Protecting the Public Fisc ... 6C. DOMA Is Rationally Related to the LegitimateGovernment Interest in a Consistent NationwideFederal Definition of Marriage ..................................... 7D. DOMA Is Rationally Related to the GovernmentInterest in Maintaining the Link Between Marriageand Children ................................................................. 8E. DOMA Advances the Government Interest inFostering Marriages That Provide Children With aMother and Father ........................................................ 9CONCLUSION ............................................................................................... 10
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iiTABLE OF AUTHORITIESCases
Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena 
, 515 U.S. 200 (1995) ......................... 2
Baker v. Nelson 
, 409 U.S. 810 (1972) .......................................................... 1
FCC v. Beach Commc’ns, Inc.
, 508 U.S. 307 (1993)................................... 9
 Gill v. Office of Pers. Mgmt.
, 699 F. Supp. 2d 374 (D. Mass. 2010) ........... 5, 8
 Heller v. Doe 
, 509 U.S. 312 (1993) ............................................................... 7
 Lawrence v. Texas 
, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) ..................................................... 3, 5
 Romer v. Evans 
, 517 U.S. 620 (1996) .......................................................... 2, 3StatutesDOMA § 2, 28 U.S.C. § 1738C ...................................................................... 4, 5DOMA § 3, 1 U.S.C. § 7 ................................................................................. 4, 5Other AuthoritiesAdam P. Romero et al.,
Census Snapshot 
(The Williams Institute,Dec. 2007) ................................................................................................ 8, 9
Living Arrangements of Children Under 18 Years Old: 1960 to Present 
, Current Population Survey, March and Annual Socialand Economic Supplements, 2010 and Earlier (U.S. CensusBureau, U.S. Dep’t of Commerce, Nov. 2010),www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html.................. 9Loren Marks,
Same-Sex Parenting and Children’s Outcomes: ACloser Examination of the American Psychological Association’s Brief on Lesbian and Gay Parenting 
at 22(Oct. 3, 2011),http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract _id=1937762
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