United States v. Windsor

Supreme Court of the United States Case No. 12-307

Argued March 27, 2013. CFI joined a coalition of secular and humanist organizations, led by our ally the American Humanist Association, in filing an amicus brief.

We argue against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which denies federal marriage-related rights to same-sex couples who are legally married under the laws of their state, and also allows states to deny marriage benefits to same-sex couples who were legally married in other states or countries. Our claim is that it is a violation of equal protection to discriminate against gays and lesbians in deciding who receives federal benefits that result from being married.