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Windsor v. United States

Petition for certiorari denied on June 27, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-63 2d Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, which defines the term “marriage” for all purposes under federal law as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” deprives same-sex couples who are lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of the laws, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Jul 16 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment filed. (Response due August 16, 2012)
Jul 24 2012Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Jul 25 2012Brief amici curiae of New York, et al. filed.
Aug 13 2012Order extending time to file response to petition to and including August 31, 2012, for all respondents.
Aug 31 2012Brief of respondent United States filed.
Aug 31 2012Brief of respondent Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives in opposition filed.
Sep 5 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 24, 2012.
Sep 5 2012Reply of petitioner Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer filed.
Oct 18 2012Judgment entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Oct 29 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 20, 2012.
Nov 1 2012Supplemental brief of respondent Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Nov 13 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 30, 2012.
Dec 3 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 7, 2012.
Jun 25 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 26, 2013.
Jun 27 2013Petition DENIED.
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