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12-15409 #38

12-15409 #38

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Doc #38 - Amicus Brief of former Attorneys General Meese and Ashcroft in support of BLAG.
Doc #38 - Amicus Brief of former Attorneys General Meese and Ashcroft in support of BLAG.

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Nos. 12-15388 & 12-15409 (Consolidated)
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Karen GOLINSKI,
Plaintiff-Appellee
,v.UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; JOHN BERRY,Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in his official capacity,
 Defendants
 &BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THE U.S. HOUSE OFREPRESENTATIVES,
 Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant 
.Karen GOLINSKI,
Plaintiff-Appellee
,v.UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; JOHN BERRY,Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in his official capacity,
 Defendants-Appellants
,&BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THE U.S. HOUSE OFREPRESENTATIVES,
 Intervenor-Defendant 
.On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Northern District of California
AMICI CURIAE BRIEF OF FORMER ATTORNEYS GENERALEDWIN MEESE III AND JOHN ASHCROFT IN SUPPORT OFINTERVENOR-DEFENDANT-APPELLANT THEBIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEUNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND REVERSAL
 
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 Jay Alan Sekulow
Counsel of Record 
Stuart J. RothAmerican Center for Law & Justice201 Maryland Ave., NEWashington, DC 20002Phone: (202) 546-8890Fax: (202) 546-9309CeCe Heil*Robert W. AshErik Zimmerman*American Center for Law & Justice1000 Regent University DriveVirginia Beach, VA 23464Phone: (757) 226-2489Fax: (757) 226-2836
Counsel for Amici
* - Not admitted to this Court’s bar
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................... iiINTEREST OF AMICI .............................................................................................. 1
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................................................................. 1ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................. 4I. The Longstanding Historical Practice of the Executive Branch HasBeen to Defend Federal Laws Against Constitutional Attack UnlessThey Infringe Upon the President’s Constitutional Authority or ArePatently Unconstitutional. ............................................................................... 4A. The Founding Era to President Wilson ................................................. 5B. President Coolidge to President Eisenhower ........................................ 9C. President Kennedy to President Carter ............................................... 12D. President Reagan ................................................................................. 18E. Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Bush .................................................... 21II. The Executive Branch Decision to Challenge DOMA’sConstitutionality After Fifteen Years of Defending It Reflects anUnprecedented Reading of the President’s Take Care Obligation. ............... 25CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 28Certificate of Compliance With Type-Volume Limitation, TypefaceRequirements, and Type Style Requirements .......................................................... 30CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ................................................................................ 31Exhibit A: Attorney General Eric Holder,
 Letter from the Attorney General toCongress on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act 
, Feb. 23, 2011
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