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Golinski DOMA Amicus Brief

Golinski DOMA Amicus Brief

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Nos. 12-15388 & 12-15409
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
KAREN GOLINSKI,
 Plaintiff-Appellee
,v.UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; JOHN BERRY,
Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, in his official capacity,
 Defendants
andBIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEU.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant.
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
KAREN GOLINSKI,
 Plaintiff-Appellee
,v.UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; JOHN BERRY,
Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, in his official capacity,
 Defendants-Appellants
,andBIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEU.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Intervenor-Defendant
.
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
On appeal from the United States District Court for theNorthern District of California
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
BRIEF OF MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES—INCLUDING OBJECTING MEMBERS OF THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP, REPRESENTATIVES NANCY PELOSI ANDSTENY H. HOYER—AS
AMICI CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OFPLAINTIFF-APPELLEE AND URGING AFFIRMANCE*
 _________________________________________________________________________________ 
Heather C. Sawyer, Minority CounselCOMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr.and Jerrold NadlerB-336 Rayburn BuildingWashington, DC 20515(202) 225-6906Miriam R. NemetzKathleen Connery DaweMichael B. KimberlyMAYER BROWN LLP1999 K Street NWWashington, DC 20006(202) 263-3000
 Attorneys for
Amici
House Members*A complete list of 
Amici
House Members appears on the reverse
 
The Members of the House of Representatives participating as
amici
include:
Nancy Pelosi, Steny H. Hoyer,
House Democratic Leader House Democratic Whip
James E. Clyburn Jerrold Nadler John Conyers, Jr.
House Assistant Ranking Member, Ranking Member, Democratic Leader Subcomm. on the Constitution Committee on the Judiciary
Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, David N. Cicilline
LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs
Gary L. Ackerman Luis V. Gutierrez Eleanor Holmes NortonRobert E. Andrews Janice Hahn John W. OlverKaren Bass Colleen W. Hanabusa William L. OwensXavier Becerra Alcee L. Hastings Frank Pallone, Jr.Shelley Berkley Martin Heinrich Ed PastorHoward L. Berman Brian Higgins Gary C. PetersTimothy H. Bishop James A. Himes Chellie PingreeEarl Blumenauer Maurice D. Hinchey David E. PriceSuzanne Bonamici Mazie K. Hirono Mike QuigleyRobert A. Brady Kathy Hochul Charles B. RangelBruce L. Braley Rush D. Holt Laura RichardsonLois Capps Michael M. Honda Steven R. RothmanMichael E. Capuano Steve Israel Lucille Roybal-Allard André Carson Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Bobby L. RushJudy Chu Sheila Jackson Lee Tim RyanHansen Clarke Eddie Bernice Johnson Linda T. Sánchez Yvette D. Clarke Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. Loretta SanchezWm. Lacy Clay William R. Keating John P. SarbanesEmanuel Cleaver Dennis J. Kucinich Janice D. SchakowskySteve Cohen John B. Larson Adam B. SchifGerald E. Connolly Barbara Lee Robert C. BobbyScottJoe Courtney Sander M. Levin José E. SerranoJoseph Crowley John Lewis Brad ShermanDanny K. Davis Zoe Lofgren Louise McIntosh SlaughterSusan A. Davis Nita M. Lowey Adam SmithDiana DeGette Carolyn B. Maloney Jackie SpeierRosa L. DeLauro Edward J. Markey Fortney Pete StarkTheodore E. Deutch Doris O. Matsui Mike ThompsonLloyd Doggett Carolyn McCarthy John F. TierneyMichael F. Doyle Betty McCollum Paul TonkoDonna F. Edwards Jim McDermott Edolphus TownsKeith Ellison James P. McGovern Niki TsongasEliot L. Engel Jerry McNerney Chris Van Hollen Anna G. Eshoo Gregory W. Meeks Nydia M. VelázquezSam Farr Brad Miller Timothy J. WalzChaka Fattah George Miller Debbie Wasserman SchultzBob Filner Gwen Moore Maxine WatersMarcia L. Fudge James P. Moran Henry A. WaxmanJohn Garamendi Christopher S. Murphy Peter WelchCharles A. Gonzalez Grace F. Napolitano Lynn C. WoolseyRaúl M. Grijalva Richard E. Neal John A. Yarmuth
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...........................................................................iiINTEREST OF THE
AMICI CURIAE 
............................................................1INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT.................................2 ARGUMENT.....................................................................................................5I. CONGRESS’S TREATMENT OF LESBIANS AND GAY MENCONFIRMS THAT LAWS TARGETING THIS GROUPWARRANT HEIGHTENED JUDICIAL REVIEW.................................5II. SECTION 3 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL...............................................12 A. Section 3 is not the rational result of impartial lawmakingand violates our constitutional commitment to neutralityof the law where the rights of citizens are at stake.......................14B. Section 3 undermines Congress’s legitimate interest inrespecting state marriages as a means of ensuring thestability and welfare of American families....................................171. “Responsible procreation and childrearing” does not justify discriminating against married gay and lesbiancouples and their children........................................................172. Section 3 unjustifiably harms married gay and lesbiancouples and their children, undermining Congress’slegitimate interest in respecting state-sanctionedmarriages..................................................................................20C. DOMA undercuts Congress’s legitimate interest inrespecting state sovereignty............................................................22D. Congress’s interest in conserving resources—an interestlikely undercut by DOMA—cannot come at the cost of equal protection. ..............................................................................24E. The reasons invented in response to litigation also do not justify Section 3................................................................................27CONCLUSION...............................................................................................29

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