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12-15409 #77

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Doc #77 - Notice of petition for cert to U.S. Supreme Court (w/petition attached)
Doc #77 - Notice of petition for cert to U.S. Supreme Court (w/petition attached)

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U.S. Department of JusticeCivil Division, Appellate Staff 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Rm: 7228HLGWashington, D.C. 20530-0001Helen L. GilbertTel: (202) 514-4826AttorneyFax: (202) 514-8151July 3, 2012BY ECF FILINGMs. Molly C. Dwyer Clerk, United States Court of Appealsfor the Ninth CircuitP. O. Box 193939San Francisco, CA 94119-3939RE:Golinski v. Office of Perssonnel Management. Nos. 12-15338 & 12-15409Dear Ms. Dwyer:We are writing this letter to inform the Court that the Solicitor General today filed in theSupreme Court of the United States a petition for the issuance of a writ of certiorari before judgmentwith respect to the pending appeals in this case. A copy of that petition is attached hereto. At thesame time, the Solicitor General also filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the First Circuit in
 Massachusetts v. HHS 
, Nos. 10-2204 & 10-2214, — F. 3d —, 2012 WL 1948017 (May 31, 2012),which, like this case, presents the question of the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. We also note, for the Court’s information, that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Groupof the United States House of Representatives filed a petition for writ of certiorari in
 Massachusettsv. HHS 
on June 29, 2012.We would appreciate your distributing a copy of this letter to the members of the panelassigned to these consolidated appeals.Sincerely,/s/ HELEN L. GILBERTHelen L. GilbertAttorney, Appellate Staff Civil Divisionattachmentcc:Service via ECF
Case: 12-15409 07/03/2012 ID: 8236887 DktEntry: 77 Page: 1 of 94
 
No.
 In the Supreme Court of the United States
O
FFICE OF
P
ERSONNEL
M
 ANAGEMENT
,
ET AL
.,
PETITIONERS
v.
K
 AREN
G
OLINSKI
ON PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI  BEFORE JUDGMENT TO THE UNITED STATESCOURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT 
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARIBEFORE JUDGMENT
D
ONALD
B.
 
 V 
ERRILLI
,
 
J
R
.
 Solicitor GeneralCounsel of Record
S
TUART
F.
 
D
ELERY 
 Acting Assistant AttorneyGeneral
S
RI
S
RINIVASAN
 Deputy Solicitor General
L
EONDRA 
R.
 
K
RUGER
P
RATIK
 A.
 
S
HAH
 Assistants to the Solicitor General
M
ICHAEL
J
 AY 
S
INGER
 A 
UGUST
E.
 
F
LENTJE
H
ELEN
L.
 
G
ILBERT
 Attorneys Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov(202) 514-2217 
Case: 12-15409 07/03/2012 ID: 8236887 DktEntry: 77 Page: 2 of 94
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)defines the term “marriage” for all purposes under fed-eral law, including the provision of federal benefits, as“only a legal union between one man and one woman ashusband and wife.” 1 U.S.C. 7. It similarly defines theterm “spouse” as “a person of the opposite sex who is ahusband or a wife.”
 Ibid.
The question presented is: Whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the lawsas applied to persons of the same sex who are legallymarried under the laws of their State. 
(I)
Case: 12-15409 07/03/2012 ID: 8236887 DktEntry: 77 Page: 3 of 94

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