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Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Equality

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Building on our longstanding commitment to diversity and the advancement of civil rights for all people, lawyers from our Washington, D.C. office represented multiple amici in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality cases: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

In Windsor, the court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment, effectively finding that married same-sex couples are entitled to the same treatment under federal law as married heterosexual couples. In Perry, the court held that the appellants lacked standing to appeal a lower court decision invalidating a ban on same-sex marriages, effectively affirming the legality of such unions in California. We drafted an amici brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and others in support of the respondents in Perry, and multiple amici briefs for the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association in support of the respondents in Perry and Windsor. We also consulted on an amici brief filed in Windsor by former Cabinet Secretaries, Commissioners, and senior administrative agency officials. We continue to file similar briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals related to marriage equality in various states.

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