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Mass_DOMA_Appeals #5593237

Mass_DOMA_Appeals #5593237

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Doc #5593237 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF tendered by Jewish Social Policy Action Network
Doc #5593237 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF tendered by Jewish Social Policy Action Network

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Case Nos. Nos. 10-2204, 10-2207, 10-2214__________________________________________________________________IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT__________________________________________________________________C
OMMONWEALTH OF
M
ASSACHUSETTS,
 
Plaintiff-Appellee
v.U
NITED
S
TATES
D
EPARTMENT OF
H
EALTH AND
H
UMAN
S
ERVICES
, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellants
__________________________________________________________________N
ANCY
G
ILL
, et al.,
Plaintiffs-Appellees
,D
EAN
H
ARA
,
Plaintiff-Appellee/Cross-Appellant 
,
v.
O
FFICE OF
P
ERSONNEL
M
ANAGEMENT
, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellants/Cross-Appellees.
 ______________________________________________________________On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the District of Massachusetts______________________________________________________________BRIEF AMICUS CURIAE OF THEJEWISH SOCIAL POLICY ACTION NETWORK______________________________________________________________Geoffrey H. Lewis (#8708)Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein, LLP60 Walnut StreetWellesley, MA 02481(781) 997-1600Attorney for Amicus CuriaeJewish Social Policy Action Network 
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116286595 Page: 1 Date Filed: 11/03/2011 Entry ID: 5593237
ALSO filed in Cases 10-2207, 10-2214
 
 
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
The Jewish Social Policy Action Network is a non-profit membershipcorporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It has no parent corporation and no public corporation owns anyinterest in it.
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116286595 Page: 2 Date Filed: 11/03/2011 Entry ID: 5593237
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
INTEREST OF THE AMICUS CURIAE ................................................................. 1
 
INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ........................................3
 
ARGUMENT .............................................................................................................5
 
A.
 
Section 3 of DOMA does not define who is married, butit does unconstitutionally discriminate against one distinctclass of married persons by excluding them from the entirerange of federal incidents of marriage in so sweeping afashion that no legitimate state interest could support it. ......................5B.
 
 Romer v. Evans
, which struck down another effort at awholesale, undifferentiated, exclusion of homosexualAmericans from the cognizance of law, is directly relevanthere and requires that Section 3 of DOMA also be heldunconstitutional. ..................................................................................11
 
CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................14
 
Case: 10-2204 Document: 00116286595 Page: 3 Date Filed: 11/03/2011 Entry ID: 5593237

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