Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

In the Supreme Court of the United States

JAMES OBERGEFELL, et al., Petitioners, v. RICHARD HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, et al., Respondents.

VALERIA TANCO, et al., Petitioners, v. BILL HASLAM, GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE, et al., Respondents.

APRIL DEBOER, et al., Petitioners, v. RICK SNYDER, GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN, et al., Respondents.

GREGORY BOURKE, et al., Petitioners, v. STEVE BESHEAR, GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY, et al., Respondents.

On Writs of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Brief of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. as Amicus Curiæ in Support of Petitioners

Table of Contents

Table of Authorities

Interests of Amicus Curiæ

Introduction and Summary of Argument

Argument

I. Recently Released Documents Reveal the Culture and Language of Animus Against LGBT Americans

II. Executive Order 10450 Empowers the Federal Government to Purge Itself of Homosexuals

A. The FBI’s “Sex Deviate Program” Lays the Groundwork for EO 10450

B. Hoover Outs President-Elect Eisenhower’s Trusted Political Advisor Arthur Vandenberg, Jr.

C. President Eisenhower Issues EO 10450, Leveraging the Sex Deviate Program to Purge Homosexuals from Government Service

III. History of the Civil Service Commission

A. The CSC Office of General Counsel (OGC): Animus in Specific Cases

1. Norton v. Macy

2. The Legacy of Norton v. Macy

B. The CSC and Later the OPM Continue to Target Homosexuals in the 1970s and 1980s

IV. The Case of William Lyman Dew Demonstrates the Extent of the Government’s Animus Toward Homosexuals for Over 65 Years

A. Government Attempts to Purge the Stain of Homosexuality: The William Dew Story

B. The Government’s Policy on Homosexuals

C. Dew’s Petition to the United States Supreme Court

D. The Government Settles with Dew and Strengthens Its Policy On Homosexuals

E. Why the Dew Case and Other Official Acts of Animus Remain Relevant

Conclusion

 

Next: Table of Authorities

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