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12-17668 #7

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Doc #7 - Plaintiffs' Motion to have case heard together with Jackson v. Abercrombie (consolidated cases numbers 12-
16995 and 12-16998)
Doc #7 - Plaintiffs' Motion to have case heard together with Jackson v. Abercrombie (consolidated cases numbers 12-
16995 and 12-16998)

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Case No. 12-17668UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
BEVERLY SEVCIK, et al.
Plaintiffs-Appellants
,v.BRIAN SANDOVAL, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellees
,andCOALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARRIAGE,
 Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee
.On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the District of NevadaCase No. 2:12-CV-00578-RCJ-PALThe Honorable Robert C. Jones, District Judge.
PLAINTIFF-APPELLANTS’ MOTIONTO HAVE CASES HEARD TOGETHER
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Attorneys for Plaintiffs-Appellants
Case: 12-17668 12/11/2012 ID: 8434793 DktEntry: 7 Page: 1 of 13
 
 
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INTRODUCTION
 Plaintiffs-Appellants are eight committed and devoted same-sex coupleswho are challenging the constitutionality of Nevada state and local officials’refusal to allow them to marry, or to recognize the valid marriages some of themhave entered in other jurisdictions. This case involves a number of issues closelyrelated to those raised in another appeal pending before this Court that concerns theconstitutionality of Hawai‘i’s similar exclusion of same-sex couples frommarriage:
 Natasha N. Jackson
, et al., v.
 Neil Abercrombie
, et al., Case Nos. 12-16995 and 12-16998.
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For the reasons more fully described below, Plaintiffs-Appellants respectfully request that this appeal be placed on a parallel briefingschedule with and be heard with the appeal in
 Jackson v. Abercrombie
in order topromote judicial and party economy, and that the Court deem amicus briefs filed inone of these two cases as filed in the other case as well, in order to eliminate thelikelihood of significant redundancy in amicus filings between the cases.
BACKGROUND
Plaintiffs-Appellants Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich; Antioco Carrilloand Theodore Small; Karen Goody and Karen Vibe; Fletcher Whitwell and GregFlamer; Mikyla Miller and Katrina Miller; Adele Terranova and Tara Newberry;
1
After two separate notices of appeal were filed by the non-prevailing partiesin
 Jackson v. Abercrombie
, and docketed as Case Nos. 12-16995 and 12-16998,the Court issued an order consolidating them.
Case: 12-17668 12/11/2012 ID: 8434793 DktEntry: 7 Page: 2 of 13
 
 
2Caren Cafferata-Jenkins and Farrell Cafferata-Jenkins; Megan Lanz and SaraGeiger are eight loving, committed same-sex couples challenging their exclusionfrom marriage in Nevada as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of theFourteenth Amendment to the federal constitution. Nevada, both by statute andamendment to its state constitution, bars same-sex couples from marrying, or fromhaving their valid marriages from other jurisdictions recognized. Nev. Const. art.1, § 21. Instead, Nevada relegates same-sex couples to the inferior and novelstatus of registered domestic partnership, which provides virtually all the samestate law rights and responsibilities of spouses but withholds the honoreddesignation of marriage. Nev. Rev. Stat. § 122.020(1).As this Court has held, civil marriage plays a unique role in society as theuniversally recognized and celebrated hallmark of a couple’s commitment to buildfamily life together.
Perry v. Brown
, 671 F.3d 1052, 1078-79 (9th Cir. 2012)(holding that Proposition 8, California’s law barring same-sex couples frommarriage, violates equal protection),
cert. granted 
(U.S. Dec. 7, 2012) (No. 12-144). Plaintiffs-Appellants in the instant case sought a declaration that theirexclusion from marriage based on their sexual orientation and sex denies themequal protection. Plaintiffs-Appellants also sought to permanently enjoinDefendants-Appellees Governor Brian Sandoval and three county clerks, all suedin their official capacity, from denying same-sex couples (i) access to marriage, or
Case: 12-17668 12/11/2012 ID: 8434793 DktEntry: 7 Page: 3 of 13

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