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2:12-cv-00578 #86

2:12-cv-00578 #86

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Doc #86 - Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Summary Judgment w/Memo in support of motion
Doc #86 - Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Summary Judgment w/Memo in support of motion

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12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728JON W. DAVIDSON (
 pro hac vice
)TARA L. BORELLI (
 pro hac vice
)PETER C. RENN (
 pro hac vice
)SHELBI DAY (
 pro hac vice
)LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, INC.3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1300Los Angeles, California 90010 jdavidson@lambdalegal.org, tborelli@lambdalegal.orgprenn@lambdalegal.org, sday@lambdalegal.orgTel: 213.382.7600 | Fax: 213.351.6050CARLA CHRISTOFFERSON (
 pro hac vice
)DAWN SESTITO (
 pro hac vice
)MELANIE CRISTOL (
 pro hac vice
)RAHI AZIZI (
 pro hac vice
)O’MELVENY & MYERS LLP400 South Hope StreetLos Angeles, California 90071cchristofferson@omm.com, dsestito@omm.commcristol@omm.com, razizi@omm.comTel: 213.430.6000 | Fax: 213.430.6407KELLY H. DOVE (Nevada Bar No. 10569)MAREK P. BUTE (Nevada Bar No. 09989)SNELL & WILMER LLP3883 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 1100Las Vegas, Nevada 89169kdove@swlaw.com, mbute@swlaw.comTel: 702.784.5200 | Fax: 702.784.5252
 Attorneys for Plaintiffs
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF NEVADA
BEVERLY SEVCIK, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.BRIAN SANDOVAL, et al.,Defendants,andCOALITION FOR THE PROTECTIONOF MARRIAGE,Defendant-Intervenor.No. 2:12-CV-00578-RCJ-PAL
 PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF MOTIONAND MOTION FOR SUMMARYJUDGMENT; MEMORANDUM OFPOINTS AND AUTHORITIES INSUPPORT THEREOF
Case 2:12-cv-00578-RCJ -PAL Document 86 Filed 09/10/12 Page 1 of 39
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION ......................................................................................... 1
 
MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES ................................................................. 1
 
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 1
 
STATEMENT OF UNDISPUTED FACTS ........................................................................ 3
 
I.
 
THE PLAINTIFFS ....................................................................................... 3
 
II. THE DEFENDANTS ................................................................................... 4III. NEVADA’S EXCLUSION OF SAME-SEX COUPLES FROMMARRIAGE AND CONSIGNMENT OF THOSE COUPLES TOTHE LESSER STATUS OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP ....................... 5LEGAL STANDARD .......................................................................................................... 8
 
ARGUMENT ....................................................................................................................... 8I.
 BAKER V. NELSON 
IS NOT CONTROLLING .......................................... 8II. DEFENDANTS’ EXCLUSION OF PLAINTIFFS FROMMARRIAGE VIOLATES EQUAL PROTECTION ................................. 10A. Plaintiffs Are Similarly Situated to Different-Sex CouplesWho May Marry ............................................................................. 10B. The Exclusion of Plaintiffs From Marriage Both Faciallyand Intentionally Discriminates Against Them.............................. 11C. Plaintiffs Are Harmed by the Exclusion From Marriage, andRegistered Domestic Partnership Does Not Cure the EqualProtection Violation ....................................................................... 12III. DEFENDANTS’ CLASSIFICATION OF PLAINTIFFS BASEDON THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND SEX REQUIRESHEIGHTENED REVIEW .......................................................................... 14A. Defendants’ Exclusion of Same-Sex Couples FromMarriage Based on Their Sexual Orientation Is Subject toHeightened Scrutiny ....................................................................... 151. Settled Law and Undisputed Evidence Demonstratesa History of Discrimination Against Lesbians andGay Men ............................................................................. 162. Sexual Orientation Is Unrelated to the Ability toContribute to Society ......................................................... 16
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3. Sexual Orientation Is a Core, Defining, andImmutable Characteristic ................................................... 174. Lesbians and Gay Men Remain a PoliticallyVulnerable Minority ........................................................... 18B. Defendants’ Denial of Marriage Based on Plaintiffs’ SexAlso Requires Heightened Scrutiny ............................................... 19IV. EVEN IF THE COURT APPLIES RATIONAL BASIS REVIEW,DEFENDANTS’ EXCLUSION OF PLAINTIFFS FROMMARRIAGE CANNOT STAND .............................................................. 21A. The Exclusion Cannot Be Justified by an Interest inMaintaining “Traditional” Marriage or Proceeding with“Caution” in Ending Discrimination .............................................. 22B. Moral Disapproval of Same-Sex Relationships Fails as aMatter of Law to Justify Excluding Them From Marriage ............ 24C. The Exclusion Does Not Promote “ResponsibleProcreation” or Interests in Child Welfare ..................................... 24D. Affording Same-Sex Couples Access to Civil Marriage WillHave No Effect on Religious Liberties .......................................... 28V. THE UNDISPUTED EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT PLAINTIFFSSATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARATORY ANDINJUNCTIVE RELIEF .............................................................................. 29CONCLUSION .................................................................................................................. 30
 
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ...................................................................................................... 31
 
Case 2:12-cv-00578-RCJ -PAL Document 86 Filed 09/10/12 Page 3 of 39

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