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Justice Department files Supreme Court brief challenging DOMA Section 3’s constitutionality

The U.S. Department of Justice files a brief on the merits in the U.S. v. Windsor case arguing that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In its brief, the DOJ argues that laws pertaining to gays and lesbians should be considered by courts using the more searching heightened scrutiny standard, reflecting a February 2011 determination by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to that effect.

Continue Leave a Comment February 22, 2013

Supreme Court-appointed attorney files brief on standing in Windsor

Victoria C. Jackson, the outside attorney appointed by the Supreme Court to address the questions of standing in the Windsor v. USA DOMA case, files a brief arguing that BLAG does not have standing to defend DOMA in court and that the Supreme Court itself has no jurisdiction to hear the case because the Justice Department agrees with the lower courts’ rulings striking down DOMA as unconstitutional.

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BLAG files opening Supreme Court brief in Windsor

The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) files a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that DOMA is constitutional and that the Court should uphold the law.

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Supreme Court sets oral argument dates for DOMA/Prop 8 cases

The Supreme Court announces its March 2013 oral arguments calendar, which includes consideration of the Prop 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry) on March 26 and the DOMA case (United States v. Windsor) on March 27.

Continue 2 Comments January 7, 2013

Supreme Court sets briefing schedule for Windsor DOMA case

The Supreme Court releases an order outlining the briefing schedule in the Windsor v. USA case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Continue 1 Comment December 14, 2012

Ninth Circuit Stays Golinski pending final Supreme Court resolution of Windsor

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues an order staying proceedings in the California DOMA case Golinski v. OPM pending a final decision by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of DOMA in the Windsor v. USA case.

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