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120815 Amicus Brief for Cert Prop 8 VER2

120815 Amicus Brief for Cert Prop 8 VER2

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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on Sep 05, 2012
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No. 12-144
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Supreme Court of the United States
 _________ DENNIS
 
HOLLINGSWORTH,
ET AL
.,
 Petitioners
,v.KRISTEN
 
M.
 
PERRY,
ET AL
.,
Respondents.
 _________ 
On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the UnitedStates Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 _________ 
BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. AND ALLIED EDUCATIONALFOUNDATION
 
IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS
 _________ Paul J. Orfanedes
Counsel of Record
 Chris FedeliJulie Axelrod
 
J
UDICIAL
W
 ATCH
,
 
I
NC
.425 Third Street S.W., Ste. 800Washington, D.C. 20024(202) 646-5172porfanedes@judicialwatch.org
Counsel for Amici Curiae
Dated: August 31, 2012
EGAL 
P
RINTERS
LLC
, Washington DC
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202-747-2400
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legalprinters.com
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................. iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ..................................... iiiINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE 
.......................1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ....................................2REASONS FOR GRANTING THE PETITION .........3I.
 
THE NINTH CIRCUIT’S RULINGUNDERMINES THE PRINCIPLE OFRATIONAL BASIS REVIEW ......................3 A.
 
The Ninth Circuit UnjustlyOverruled Seven Million California Voters .................................................3B.
 
Judicially Striking Laws Based on Assumed Motives Is DangerouslyUndemocratic .....................................5C.
 
Proposition 8 Supporters Put Fortha Valid Basis for the Law ..................6D.
 
Laws Are Not UnconstitutionalMerely Because There Are OtherWays to Achieve a Goal ................... 12
 
iiII.
 
THE NINTH CIRCUIT RULINGIMPROPERLY EXPANDS EQUALPROTECTION LIMITSON STATE ACTION ..................................16 A.
 
The Ninth Circuit Misinterprets
Romer v. Evans
and
Crawford
........ 16B.
 
Proposition 8 Did Not “Take Away”Rights, but Merely
Re-affirmed
aPrior Democratic Decision ............... 19CONCLUSION ..........................................................21

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