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3:10-cv-00257 #174

3:10-cv-00257 #174

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Doc #174 RESPONSE (re 142 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum Of Points and Authorities ) filed by BLAG
Doc #174 RESPONSE (re 142 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum Of Points and Authorities ) filed by BLAG

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 1234567891011121314151617181920212223PAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ. (DC Bar 433215)pclement@bancroftpllc.comH. CHRISTOPHER BARTOLOMUCCI, ESQ. (DC Bar 453423)cbartolomucci@bancroftpllc.comCONOR B. DUGAN, ESQ. (MI Bar P66901)cdugan@bancroftpllc.comNICHOLAS J. NELSON, ESQ. (MD Bar)nnelson@bancroftpllc.comBANCROFT PLLC1919 M Street, NW, Suite 470Washington, DC 20036202-234-0090 (phone); 202-234-2806 (fax)OF COUNSEL:KERRY W. KIRCHER, GENERAL COUNSEL (DC Bar 386816)Kerry.Kircher@mail.house.govCHRISTINE DAVENPORT, SR. ASS’T COUNSEL (NJ Bar)Christine.Davenport@mail.house.govKATHERINE E. MCCARRON, ASS’T COUNSEL (DC Bar 486335)Katherine.McCarron@mail.house.govWILLIAM PITTARD, ASS’T COUNSEL (DC Bar 482949)William.Pittard@mail.house.govKIRSTEN W. KONAR, ASS’T COUNSEL (DC Bar 979176)Kirsten.Konar@mail.house.govOFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSELU.S. House of Representatives219 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515202-225-9700 (phone); 202-226-1360 (fax)Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant the Bipartisan LegalAdvisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASAN FRANCISCO DIVISION
)KAREN GOLINSKI, ) Case No. 3:10-cv-0257-JSW) Hearing: December 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m.Plaintiff, )) SUPERSEDING OPPOSITIONv. ) OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF) REPRESENTATIVES TO
Case3:10-cv-00257-JSW Document174 Filed10/14/11 Page1 of 36
 
 
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Case No. 3:10-cv-0257-JSW
1234567891011121314151617181920212223UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL ) PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FORMANAGEMENT, et al., ) SUMMARY JUDGMENT)
 
Defendants. )__________________________________________)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .................................................................................ixSTATEMENT OF ISSUE..........................................................................................1STATEMENT OF FACTS ........................................................................................1RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFF’S STATEMENT OF UNDISPUTED FACTS ..........2General Statement ..........................................................................................2Particularized Responses ...............................................................................2ARGUMENT .............................................................................................................4I.
 
T
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LASSIFICATION IN
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.........................................................................4A.
 
Binding Circuit Precedent Forecloses Application of Heightened Scrutiny on the Basis of Sexual Orientation..........4B.
 
Based on the Traditional Criteria Used to Determine Suspector Quasi-Suspect Classes, Homosexuals Clearly Are Not aSuspect or Quasi-Suspect Class ................................................51. History of Discrimination .............................................62. Ability to Participate in or Contribute to Society .........73. Immutability ..................................................................74. Political Powerlessness .................................................11C.
 
DOMA Does Not Discriminate on the Basis of Sex
.................
17
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Case No. 3:10-cv-0257-JSW
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DOMA Does Not Implicate a Fundamental Right
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18II.
 
DOMA
 
E
ASILY
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URVIVES
R
ATIONAL
B
ASIS
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CRUTINY
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Congress Was Justified in Acting with Caution When Facedwith the Unknown Consequences of a Proposed NovelRedefinition of the Foundational Social Institution of Marriage ....................................................................................21B.
 
DOMA Promotes Responsible Procreation ..............................23CONCLUSION ..........................................................................................................25
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