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12-144 Eagle Forum

12-144 Eagle Forum

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Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum Educational & Legal Defense Fund in support of granting cert
Amicus Brief of Eagle Forum Educational & Legal Defense Fund in support of granting cert

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No.
12-144
DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL
J.
KNIGHT,MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, MARK
A.
JANSSON,PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM -YES ON
8,
A
PROJECT
OF
CALIFORNIA RENEWAL,
Petitioners.
v.
KRISTIN
M.
PERRY, SANDRA B. STIER, PAUL
T.
KATAMI,
JEFFREY
J.
ZARRILLO, CITY ANDCOUNTY
OF
SAN FRANCISCO,
Respondents.
On
Petition
for
a Writ
of
Certiorari
to
the
United
States
Court
of
Appeals
for
the
Ninth
Circuit
BRIEF
AMICUS
CURIAE
OF
EAGLE FORUMEDUCATION
&
LEGAL
DEFENSE
FUND, INC.,
IN SUPPORT
OF PETITIONERS
LAWRENCE
J.
JOSEPH
1250
CONNECTICUT AVE.
NW
SUITE
200
WASHINGTON,
DC
20036(202) 669-5135Ijoseph@larryjoseph.com
Counsel for
Amicus
Curiae
WILSON-EpES PRINTING
Co.,
INC. -
(202) 789-0096 -
WASHINGTON,
D.
C.
20002
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
Petitioners
-
the
Proponents
who
put
California'sProposition 8 before
that
state's
electorate
-
present
the
following
question
to
the
Court
in
their
petition:
Whether
it
violates
the
Due
Process
and
Equal
Protection Clauses
of
the Fourteenth
Amendment
fora
State
to
use
the
ballot-initiative
process to
extinguish
the state
constitutional
right
of
gay
men
and
lesbians to
marry
a
person
of
the
same
sex.
1
 
TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
Pages
Question
Presented
..................................................... i
Table
of Contents
.......................................................
ii
Table
of
Authorities
.................................................. iii
Interest
of
Amicus
Curiae ..........................................
1
Statement
of
the
Case
................................................ 2
Statement
of
Facts
..................................................... 7
Summary
of Argument
.............................................. 7
Argument
.................................................................... 9I.
TheFederalConstitution
Does
Not
Provide a
Right
to
Same-Sex
Marriage
............................... 9
A.
Proposition
8
Satisfies
Equal
Protection
....
10
B.
Proposition
8
Satisfies Due Process
........... 12
C.
ThisCourtShould
Affirm
Baker
.
...............
13
1.
Neither
Lawrence
Nor
Romer
Overturns
Baker
onMarriage
................................ 152.
The
Post-Baker
Disposition
of
the
ERA
Reinforces
Baker
...................................
16
II.
The
Ninth-Circuit
Panel
Misapplied
Romer
.....
17A.
Preclusion Principles
Prevent
Reliance
on
Marriage Cases
............................................
18B.
The
Panel
Majority's
Romer
Rule
Does
Not
Apply
to Mere
Judgments
........................... 21III.
The
Ninth
Circuit's
Intra-Circuit Split
Compels
this
Court's
Review ............................................
24
Conclusion ................................................................ 26
..
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