Windsor v. The United States Of America

Filing 91

NOTICE of Recent Decisions re: 50 Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion, 53 Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion. Document filed by Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Kircher, Kerry)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 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) INTERVENOR-DEFENDANT’S NOTICE OF RECENT DECISIONS Intervenor-Defendant the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (the “House”) respectfully submits this notice of two recent decisions, each relevant to both its motion to dismiss and its opposition to Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. First, on September 29, 2011 (after the close of briefing on the House’s motion to dismiss in this matter and after the House’s final submission in opposition to Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued the decision attached at Exhibit A. See Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, --- F.3d ----, Nos. 10-56634 & 10-56813, 2011 WL 4494225 (9th Cir. Sept. 29, 2011) (per curiam); see also id. at *5-10 (O’Scannlain, J., concurring). The Log Cabin Republicans decision and the concurring opinion thereto are relevant to the House’s arguments, including regarding the propriety of leaving political issues to the elected branches of government and the ability of homosexuals to achieve gains through those branches. See, e.g., Mem. of Law . . . in Supp. of . . . Mot. to Dismiss at 1-2, 43-45 (Aug. 1, 2011) (ECF No. 53); Mem. of Law in . . . Opp’n to Pl.’s Mot. for Summ. J. at 1, 12-21 (Aug. 1, 2011) (ECF No. 50). Second, on September 28, 2011 (also after the close of briefing on the House’s motion to dismiss in this matter and after the House’s final submission in opposition to Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment), the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued the decision attached at Exhibit B, which dismisses a complaint that, like the instant one, challenged on equal protection grounds the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7. See In Chambers Order, Lui v. Holder, et al., No. 2:11-cv-01267SVW (JCGx) (C.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2011). The Lui decision is relevant to the House’s arguments regarding the applicable standard of equal protection scrutiny. See, e.g., Mem. of Law in . . . Opp’n to Pl.’s Mot. for Summ. J. at 5-7 (Aug. 1, 2011) (ECF No. 50); Mem. of Law . . . in Supp. of . . . Mot. to Dismiss at 22-26 (Aug. 1, 2011) (ECF No. 53). 2 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Paul D. Clement Paul D. Clement H. Christopher Bartolomucci Conor B. Dugan Nicholas J. Nelson BANCROFT PLLC 1919 M Street, Northwest, Suite 470 Washington, District of Columbia 20036 Telephone: (202) 234-0090 Facsimile: (202) 234-2806 Counsel for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives OF COUNSEL: Kerry W. Kircher, General Counsel Christine Davenport, Senior Assistant Counsel Katherine E. McCarron, Assistant Counsel William Pittard, Assistant Counsel Kirsten W. Konar, Assistant Counsel OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL U.S. House of Representatives 219 Cannon House Office Building Washington, District of Columbia 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-9700 Facsimile: (202) 226-1360 October 20, 2011 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on October 20, 2011, I served one copy of Intervenor-Defendant’s Notice of Recent Decisions by CM/ECF and by electronic mail (.pdf format) on the following: Roberta A. Kaplan, Esquire, & Andrew J. Ehrlich, Esquire PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York City, New York 10019-6064 rkaplan@paulweiss.com aehrlich@paulweiss.com Alexis B. Karteron, Esquire, & Arthur N. Eisenberg, Esquire NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION 125 Broad Street, Nineteenth Floor New York City, New York 10004 akarteron@nyclu.org arteisenberg@nyclu.org James D. Esseks, Esquire, Melissa Goodman, Esquire, & Rose A. Saxe, Esquire AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION 125 Broad Street New York City, New York 10004 jesseks@aclu.org mgoodman@nyclu.org rsaxe@aclu.org Jean Lin, Esquire UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CIVIL DIVISION 20 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, Seventh Floor Washington, District of Columbia 20530 jean.lin@usdoj.gov Simon Heller, Esquire STATE OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 120 Broadway New York City, New York 10271 simon.heller@ag.ny.gov /s/ Kerry W. Kircher Kerry W. Kircher