Windsor v. The United States Of America

Filing 10

NOTICE of Notice to the Court by Defendant the United States of America (with attachments). Document filed by The United States Of America. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment, # 2 Attachment)(Lin, Jean)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, in her capacity as Executor of the estate of THEA CLARA SPYER, Plaintiff, v. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 10-CV-8435 (BSJ)(JCF) ECF CASE NOTICE TO THE COURT BY DEFENDANT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Defendant United States of America, by its undersigned counsel, hereby notifies the Court and the parties that the Department of Justice will cease defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, for the reasons explained in the attached letter to the Court from Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, dated February 24, 2011. The reasons cited in Assistant Attorney General West’s letter are further explained in the letter from the Attorney General to The Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, dated February 23, 2011, which is attached thereto. The Attorney General has informed Members of Congress of this decision pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 530D(a)(1)(B)(ii), so that Members who wish to defend Section 3 may pursue that option. Dated: February 25, 2011 Respectfully submitted, TONY WEST Assistant Attorney General ARTHUR R. GOLDBERG Assistant Branch Director /s/ Jean Lin JEAN LIN (NY Bar No. 4074530) Senior Counsel United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530 E-mail: jean.lin@usdoj.gov Tel: (202) 514-3716 Fax: (202) 616-8470 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on February 25, 2011, I electronically transmitted the foregoing document to the Clerk of Court using the ECF System for filing and transmittal of a Notice of Electronic Filing to the following ECF registrants: Roberta Ann Kaplan Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (NY) 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019 212-373-3000 Fax: 212-373-2037 Email: rkaplan@paulweiss.com Alexis Brie Karteron New York Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad Street, 17th floor New York, NY 10004 (212) 607-3300 Fax: (212)-607-3318 Email: akarteron@nyclu.org Andrew James Ehrlich Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (NY) 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019 (212) 373-3166 Fax: 212.373-0166 Email: aehrlich@paulweiss.com Arthur Nelson Eisenberg New York Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad Street, 19th floor New York, NY 10004 (212) 607-3300 Fax: (212) 607-3318 Email: arteisenberg@nyclu.org James Dixon Esseks American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian and Gay Rights Project 3 125 Broad Street New York, NY 10004-2400 (212)-549-2623 Fax: (212)-549-2650 Email: jesseks@aclu.org Melissa Goodman American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NYC) 125 Broad Street 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 (212)549-2622 Fax: (212)549-2629 Email: mgoodman@nyclu.org Rose Ann Saxe American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NYC) 125 Broad Street 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 (212) 549-2500 Fax: (212)549-2500 Email: rsaxe@aclu.org 4