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WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of Caplin & Drysdale's Political Law Group filed today a friend-of-the-court brief for a bipartisan group of former Federal Election Commission officials in U.S. v. Windsor, the high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case that challenges the Defense of Marriage Act's (DOMA) constitutionality.
The Brief describes how DOMA, when superimposed on to federal campaign finance law, legally bars married gays and lesbians from political expression and association opportunities that are afforded to other married citizens. Specifically, DOMA has the following discriminatory effects on First Amendment rights:
Trevor Potter, who leads the firm's Political Law Group and signed the amicus brief as a former FEC Chair, remarked: "Sexual orientation should never affect any American's First Amendment right to free speech and association. Because of DOMA, though, discrimination is embedded in the very rules that shape political involvement. The Brief informs the Court of this fact to aid its deliberations on the constitutionality of DOMA." Windsor is scheduled to be heard before the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013.
All amici signed in their individual capacities and not on behalf of any client or group. Organizational names are listed for identification purposes only. The six former Federal Election Commission officials who signed the friend-of-the-court brief are:
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