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12-15409 #98

12-15409 #98

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Doc #98 - Amicus brief of Legal Momentum, et al., in support of Plaintiff
Doc #98 - Amicus brief of Legal Momentum, et al., in support of Plaintiff

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2670662
Nos. 12-15388 & 12-15409
____________________________________
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-Appellants,and
BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEU.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant.____________________________________Appeal From The United States District Court For TheNorthern District of California____________________________________
BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
LEGAL MOMENTUM, CALIFORNIAWOMEN’S LAW CENTER, AND LEGAL VOICE IN SUPPORT OFPLAINTIFF-APPELLEE KAREN GOLINSKI
____________________________________I
RELL
&
 
M
ANELLA
LLPA
LEXANDER
F.
 
W
ILES
 M
OEZ
M.
 
K
ABA
 1800 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 900Los Angeles, California 90067-4276Telephone: (310) 277-1010Facsimile: (310) 203-7199awiles@irell.commkaba@irell.com
Counsel for Amici Curiae
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2670662
- i -
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
None of the
amici
has a parent corporation and no corporation owns 10% ormore of any of 
amici
’s stock.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
 
2670662.4 16
- ii -CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ....................................................... i
 
INTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
............................................................................ 1
 
A.
 
Legal Momentum ............................................................................... 1
 
B.
 
California Women’s Law Center ....................................................... 1
 
C.
 
Legal Voice ........................................................................................ 2
 
D.
 
Interests of 
 Amici
Curiae .................................................................... 2
 
INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ..................................... 3
 
ARGUMENT .......................................................................................................... 6
 
I.
 
Section 3 of DOMA is Unconstitutional ...................................................... 6
 
A.
 
Section 3 of DOMA Is Subject To Heightened JudicialScrutiny Because It Discriminates On The Basis Of Sex. ................. 6
 
B.
 
DOMA Cannot Be Distinguished From “Equally Applicable”Race Based Laws Because DOMA Perpetuates SexStereotypes Regarding the Role of Women Just As ThoseLaws Perpetuated Racial Segregation. ............................................. 13
 
C.
 
Section 3 of DOMA Cannot Withstand Heightened Scrutiny. ........ 19
 
D.
 
 Baker v. Nelson
Does Not Excuse DOMA’s Sex-BasedDiscrimination. ................................................................................. 20
 
E.
 
No Binding Authority Prevents This Court From Holdingthat Laws Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual OrientationAre Subject to Heightened Scrutiny When Challenged onEqual Protection Grounds. ............................................................... 22
 
II.
 
Conclusion .................................................................................................. 24
 
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 32(a) ................................... 25
 
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