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2:12-cv-00887 #42

2:12-cv-00887 #42

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Doc #42 - Plaintiff's objection to BLAG's motion to stay the case.
Doc #42 - Plaintiff's objection to BLAG's motion to stay the case.

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 PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STAYCASE NO. CV 12-887 CBM (AJWx)
JOSEPH J. LEVIN, JR. (
Pro Hac Vice
) joe.levin@splcenter.orgCHRISTINE P. SUN (SBN 218701)christine.sun@splcenter.orgCAREN E. SHORT (
Pro Hac Vice
)caren.short@splcenter.orgSOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER400 Washington AvenueMontgomery, AL 36104Telephone: (334) 956-8200Facsimile: (334) 956-8481(
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAWestern Division
 TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and ) Case No. CV12-887 CBM (AJWx)MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS, ))
PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM
Plaintiffs, )
OF
 
LAW IN OPPOSITION TO
 )
DEFENDANT-INTERVENOR’S
)
MOTION TO STAY
v.
 
)) Hearing Date: July 23, 2012UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; )ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., in his official) Time: 10:00 a.m.capacity as Attorney General; and )ERIC K. SHINSEKI, in his official ) Judge: Hon. Consuelo B. Marshallcapacity as Secretary of Veterans )Affairs, ))
ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED
 )Defendants. ))
Case 2:12-cv-00887-CBM-AJW Document 42 Filed 06/18/12 Page 1 of 23 Page ID #:325
 
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 2PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STAYCASE NO. CV 12-887 CBM (AJWx)
RANDALL R. LEE (SBN 152672)randall.lee@wilmerhale.comMATTHEW BENEDETTO (SBN 252379)matthew.benedetto@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2100Los Angeles, CA 90071Telephone: (213) 443-5300Facsimile: (213) 443-5400ADAM P. ROMERO (
Pro Hac Vice
)adam.romero@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP399 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10022Telephone: (212) 230-8800Facsimile: (212) 230-8888EUGENE MARDER (SBN 275762)eugene.marder@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP950 Page Mill RoadPalo Alto, California 94304Telephone: (650) 858-6000Facsimile: (650) 858-6100Attorneys for PlaintiffsTRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS
Case 2:12-cv-00887-CBM-AJW Document 42 Filed 06/18/12 Page 2 of 23 Page ID #:326
 
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 3PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STAYCASE NO. CV 12-887 CBM (AJWx)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES.....................................................................................4I.
 
INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................6
 
II.
 
BACKGROUND.............................................................................................7
 
A.
 
Factual and Procedural History.............................................................7
 
B.
 
Plaintiffs’ Current Financial Status and Tracey’s Medical Condition..9
 
1. Plaintiffs’ Financial Status..........................................................9
 
2. Tracey’s Medical Condition.....................................................11
 
III.
 
ARGUMENT.................................................................................................11
 
A.
 
Legal Standard....................................................................................11
 
B.
 
BLAG Has Failed To Identify A Single Hardship or Inequity In BeingRequired To Go Forward, Whereas Plaintiffs Will Suffer SignificantHarm If This Proceeding Is Stayed.....................................................12
 
1. BLAG Has Failed To Identify A Single Hardship OrInequity In Being Required To Go Forward............................13
 
2.
Golinski
Does Not Concern Title 38 And May NotResolve Plaintiffs’ DOMA Claim............................................15
 
3. Final Resolution of 
Golinski
By The Ninth CircuitWill Likely Take An Extended Amount Of Time....................17
 
4. The Potential Harm To Tracey And Maggie Cooper-HarrisFrom A Stay Outweighs Any Burden to BLAG.......................19
 
IV.
 
CONCLUSION.............................................................................................22
 
Case 2:12-cv-00887-CBM-AJW Document 42 Filed 06/18/12 Page 3 of 23 Page ID #:327

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