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1 Paul D. Clement (DC Bar 433215) pclement@bancroftpllc.com 2 H. Christopher Bartolomucci (DC Bar 453423) 3 cbartolomucci@bancroftpllc.com Michael H. McGinley (DC Bar 1006943) 4 mmcginley@bancroftpllc.com 5 BANCROFT PLLC 6 1919 M Street, N.W. 7 Suite 470 Washington, D.C. 20036 8 202-234-0090 (telephone) 9 202-234-2806 (facsimile) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 21 219 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 22 202-225-9700 (telephone) 23 202-226-1360 (facsimile) 20 24 Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant the Bipartisan 25 Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives 26 27 28 Of Counsel: Kerry W. Kircher, General Counsel (DC Bar 386816) Kerry.Kircher@mail.house.gov William Pittard, Deputy General Counsel (DC Bar 482949) William.Pittard@mail.house.gov Christine Davenport, Senior Assistant Counsel (NJ Bar 043682000) Christine.Davenport@mail.house.gov Todd B. Tatelman, Assistant Counsel (VA Bar 66008) Todd.Tatelman@mail.house.gov Mary Beth Walker, Assistant Counsel (DC Bar 501033) MaryBeth.Walker@mail.house.gov Eleni M. Roumel, Assistant Counsel (SC Bar 75763) Eleni.Roumel@mail.house.gov

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Western Division ___________________________________ ) TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and ) No. 2:12-cv-00887-CBM (AJWx) MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) UNOPPOSED EX PARTE ) APPLICATION OF THE v. ) BIPARTISAN LEGAL ) ADVISORY GROUP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., ) U.S. HOUSE OF ) REPRESENTATIVES TO Defendants, ) WITHDRAW AS ) INTERVENOR-DEFENDANT THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY ) GROUP OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF ) Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall REPRESENTATIVES, ) ) Intervenor-Defendant. ) ___________________________________ )

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (“House”) respectfully applies ex parte to withdraw as Intervenor-Defendant. No party opposes this Application. 1 MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT The House sought, and was granted, leave to intervene in this case for the purpose of defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), Pub. L. No. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419 (1996), codified at 1 U.S.C.

The House advises, per L.R. 7-19, that Plaintiffs are represented by, among other counsel, Adam Romero, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, 7 World Trade Center, New York, New York 10007, (212) 295-6422, adam.romero@wilmerhale.com. Defendants are represented by Jean Lin, Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20530, (202) 514-3716, jean.lin@usdoj.gov.

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1 § 7, and 38 U.S.C. § 101(3), (31). See Notice of Mot. & Mot. [for Leave to 2 Intervene] (Apr. 2, 2012) (ECF No. 17); Order [Granting Mot. to Intervene] (May 3 22, 2012) (ECF No. 38). 4 The Supreme Court recently resolved the issue of DOMA Section 3’s 5 constitutionality. See United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. __ (2013), 2013 WL 6 3196928 (June 26, 2013). The Windsor decision necessarily resolves the issue of 7 DOMA Section 3’s constitutionality in this case. While the question of whether 38 8 U.S.C. § 101(3), (31) is constitutional remains open, the House has determined, in 9 light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend that 10 statute. Accordingly, the House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant. 11 If and when this Application is granted, the House also withdraws its Cross 12 Motion for Summary Judgment (Mar. 18, 2013) (ECF No. 105), and its Opposition 13 to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Mar. 18, 2013) (EFC No. 108). 14 A declaration and a proposed order are attached, and oral argument is not 15 requested. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Kerry W. Kircher, as ECF filer of this document, attests that concurrence in the filing of the document has been obtained from signatory Paul D. Clement.
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Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ Paul D. Clement Paul D. Clement BANCROFT PLLC 2 Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant

July 22, 2013

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on July 22, 2013, I electronically filed the foregoing Unopposed Ex Parte Application of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives to Withdraw as Intervenor-Defendant 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: Caren E. Short, Esquire Joseph J. Levin, Jr., Esquire SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER 400 Washington Avenue Montgomery, Alabama 36104 caren.short@splcenter.org joe.levin@splcenter.org Counsel for Plaintiffs Adam P. Romero, Esquire WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE & DORR LLP 7 World Trade Center New York, New York 10007 adam.romero@wilmerhale.com Counsel for Plaintiffs Rubina Ali, Esquire WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE & DORR LLP 250 Greenwich Street New York, New York 10007 rubina.ali@wilmerhale.com Counsel for Plaintiffs Eugene Marder, Esquire WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE & DORR LLP 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, California 94304 eugene.marder@wilmerhale.com Counsel for Plaintiffs

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Randall R. Lee, Esquire Matthew D. Benedetto, Esquire WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE & DORR LLP 350 South Grand Avenue Suite 2100 Los Angeles, California 90071 randall.lee@wilmerhale.com matthew.benedetto@wilmerhale.com Counsel for Plaintiffs Jean Lin, Senior Trial Counsel U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Civil Division - Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20530 jean.lin@usdoj.gov Counsel for Executive Branch Defendants

/s/ Kerry W. Kircher Kerry W. Kircher

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Executed on July 22, 2013, at Washington, D.C. /s/ Kerry W. Kircher KERRY W. KIRCHER 1. DECLARATION OF KERRY W. KIRCHER I, Kerry W. Kircher, hereby declare under penalty of perjury: I, Kerry W. Kircher, am General Counsel for the U.S. House of

Representatives, and one of the counsels for the Intervenor-Defendant in this matter. 2. Pursuant to L.R. 7-19.1, I gave notice of this application to Adam Romero,

Counsel for Plaintiffs, and Jean Lin, counsel for the Executive Branch defendants, via email on July 22, 2013. Mr. Romero and Ms. Lin each advised by email that their respective clients do not oppose the House’s application to withdraw. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 _____________________________ HON. CONSUELO B. MARSHALL UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE [PROPOSED] ORDER UPON CONSIDERATION OF the Unopposed Ex Parte Application of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives to Withdraw as Intervenor-Defendant (“Application”), and the entire record herein, it is by the Court this day of , 2013, ORDERED UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Western Division ___________________________________ ) TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and ) MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS, ) No. 2:12-cv-00887-CBM (AJWx) ) Plaintiffs, ) v. ) [PROPOSED] ORDER ) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., ) ) Defendants, ) ) THE BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY ) GROUP OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF ) REPRESENTATIVES, ) ) Intervenor-Defendant. ) ___________________________________ )

That the Application is GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that Motion [for Summary Judgment] (Mar. 18, 2013) (ECF No. 105), is deemed withdrawn.