March 21, 2013



Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines the term "marriage" for all purposes under federal law, including the provision of federal benefits, as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." 1 U.S.C. 7. It similarly defines the term "spouse" as "a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." Ibid. The question presented is:

Whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection of the laws as applied to persons of the same sex who are legally married under the laws of their State


Merit Briefs

Amicus Briefs

In Support of Petitioner United States and Respondent Edith Schlain Windsor

In Support of Respondent Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives

In Support of Neither Party