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JOSEPH J. LEVIN, JR. (Pro Hac Vice) joe.levin@splcenter.org CHRISTINE P. SUN (SBN 218701) christine.sun@splcenter.org CAREN E. SHORT (Pro Hac Vice) caren.short@splcenter.org SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER 400 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 Telephone: (334) 956-8200 Facsimile: (334) 956-8481 (Caption Continued on Next Page) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Western Division TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS, ) ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) ) v. ) ) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; ) ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., in his official) capacity as Attorney General; and ) ERIC K. SHINSEKI, in his official ) capacity as Secretary of Veterans ) Affairs, ) ) ) Defendants. ) ) Case No. CV12-887 CBM (AJWx) NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY

PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY CASE NO. CV 12-887 CBM (AJWx)

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RANDALL R. LEE (SBN 152672) randall.lee@wilmerhale.com MATTHEW BENEDETTO (SBN 252379) matthew.benedetto@wilmerhale.com WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP 350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2100 Los Angeles, CA 90071 Telephone: (213) 443-5300 Facsimile: (213) 443-5400 ADAM P. ROMERO (Pro Hac Vice) adam.romero@wilmerhale.com WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP 7 World Trade Center New York, NY 10007 Telephone: (212) 230-8800 Facsimile: (212) 230-8888 EUGENE MARDER (SBN 275762) eugene.marder@wilmerhale.com WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, California 94304 Telephone: (650) 858-6000 Facsimile: (650) 858-6100 Attorneys for Plaintiffs TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS

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PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY Plaintiffs respectfully advise the Court of a recent judicial decision that is relevant to Intervenor-Defendant’s pending motion to stay these proceedings, and plaintiffs’ opposition thereto. (ECF Nos. 39 and 42.) On July 31, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. See Memorandum of Decision Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Intervenor-Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, Pedersen v. Office of Pers. Mgmt., No. 10-cv-1750 (D. Conn. July 31, 2012), attached as Exhibit A. The court concluded that while “classifications based on sexual orientation are entitled to a heightened form of judicial scrutiny . . . DOMA fails to pass constitutional muster under even the most deferential level of judicial scrutiny.” Id. at 75-76. In so holding, the court joined several other courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in striking down Section 3 of DOMA. See Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Motion to Stay, at 17 (June 18, 2012, ECF No. 42) (listing cases).

Dated: August 1, 2012

Respectfully submitted, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP BY: /s/ Randall R. Lee__________ RANDALL R. LEE 350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2100 Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 443-5300 randall.lee@wilmerhale.com Attorneys for Plaintiffs Tracey Cooper-Harris and Maggie Cooper-Harris
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on August 1, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing Notice of Supplemental Authority with the Clerk of Court by using the CM/ECF system, which provided an electronic notice and electronic link of the same to the following attorneys of record through the Court’s CM/ECF system: Paul D. Clement pclement@bancroftpllc.com H. Christopher Bartolomucci cbartolomucci@bancroftpllc.com Conor B. Dugan cdugan@bancroftpllc.com Nicholas J. Nelson nnelson@bancroftpllc.com BANCROFT PLLC 1919 M Street, N.W., Suite 470 Washington, D.C. 20036 Kerry W. Kircher Kerry.Kircher@mail.house.gov William Pittard William.Pittard@mail.house.gov Christine Davenport Christine.Davenport@mail.house.gov Kirsten W. Konar Kirsten.Konar@mail.house.gov Todd B. Tatelman Todd.Tatelman@mail.house.gov Mary Beth Walker MaryBeth.Walker@mail.house.gov OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 219 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Jean Lin, Trial Attorney jean.lin@usdoj.gov U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Civil Division - Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest Washington, District of Columbia 20530

/s/ Matthew D. Benedetto Matthew D. Benedetto

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