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Rhonda Wasserman Joins U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in DOMA Case

Publish Date/Time: 
March 6, 2013

Professor Rhonda Wasserman joined an amicus brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor (12-307), one of the same-sex marriage cases before the Court this term.  The brief provides the Court “with a more complete understanding of the history of law and policy with respect to the relationship between marriage and procreation.” It explains “that the purported justifications for the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) . . . that pertain to procreation, childrearing, and child welfare lack a ‘footing in the realities’ of the law, policy, history, or logic of marriage and do not provide a rational basis for DOMA.”  The brief also demonstrates “how DOMA undermines and is inconsistent with other federal and state laws and policy regarding families and childrearing.”

Click here to read the brief.

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