IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
__________________________________________)COZEN O’CONNOR, P.C., ))Plaintiff, )) No. 2:11-cv-00045v. )) Judge: C. Darnell Jones, IIJENNIFER J. TOBITS,
., ))Defendants. )__________________________________________)
MOTION OF THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUPOF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTO INTERVENE FOR A LIMITED PURPOSE
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a), (b), and 28 U.S.C. §§ 530D(b)(2), and 2403(a), and forthe reasons set forth in the accompanying Memorandum of Points and Authorities, the BipartisanLegal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (“House”) respectfully moves forleave to intervene as a defendant in this proceeding for the limited purpose of defending Section3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, Pub. L. No. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419 (1996) (“DOMA”),codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7, against contentions that it violates the equal protection and/orsubstantive due process components of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment (andlitigating related jurisdictional issues, if any).
In compliance with Rule 24(c), the Answer of the
The House has articulated its institutional position in litigation matters through a five-member bipartisan leadership group since at least the early 1980s. While the group seeksconsensus whenever possible, it functions on a majoritarian basis, like the institution itrepresents, when consensus cannot be achieved. The Group is currently comprised of theHonorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader,the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, DemocraticLeader, and the Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip. The Democratic Leader and theDemocratic Whip decline to support the filing of this motion.
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