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Perry: Amicus Brief of Catholics for the Common Good and The Marriage Law Project

Perry: Amicus Brief of Catholics for the Common Good and The Marriage Law Project

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Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus Brief of Catholics for the Common Good and The Marriage Law Project in support of Prop 8 Proponents.
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus Brief of Catholics for the Common Good and The Marriage Law Project in support of Prop 8 Proponents.

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IN THE
 S
UPREME
C
OURT OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
  —————— 
 —————— DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, et al.,
 Petitioners,
v.KRISTIN M. PERRY, et al.,
Respondents.
On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit —————— 
 ——————  Amicus Curiae Brief forCatholics for the Common Good andThe Marriage Law Projectin Support of Petitioners —————— 
 —————— Robert A. DestroCounsel for
 Amici Curiae
 Marriage Law ProjectColumbus School of LawThe Catholic University of America3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.Washington, D.C. 20064
202-319-5140
robertdestro@hotmail.com 
 
iT
 ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 Table of Authorities ................................................... iii
 
Interest of Amici Curiae ............................................. 1
 
Summary of Argument ............................................... 3
 
 ARGUMENT ............................................................... 4
 
I.
 
The States May Recognize, and Arguably Must Accommodate, Biological Differences BetweenMen and Women .................................................... 5
 
 A.
 
The People of California Had a RationalBasis on which to Resolve the PoliticalControversy Over the Definition of “Marriage.” ....................................................... 7
 
B.
 
Policies Recognizing Innate DifferencesBetween Men and Women and Male-Female Couples Serve CompellingGovernmental, Social, Family, andIndividual Interests. ........................................ 9
 
C.
 
California’s Marriage Laws Do NotDiscriminate on the Basis of Sex ..................... 12
 
D.
 
Lower Courts Accept the Principle thatLegislation Can Recognize ObviousPhysical Differences, and MaintainImportant Social Conventions BuiltUpon Them. ...................................................... 13
 
II.
 
The People of California are Free to Reaffirmtheir Moral, Cultural, and PoliticalUnderstanding of the Nature of Marriage ......... 14
 
 
ii A.
 
The People of California are Entitled toConsider and Reject the Hotly-disputedProposition that Sex and Gender are“Social Constructs”. .......................................... 14
 
B.
 
 Perez v. Lippold
Rests on the SameCatholic Theology of Marriage andSexuality as the Religious BeliefsCondemned by the Witnesses in theDistrict Court. .................................................. 19
 
III.Equal
 Protection
of the Laws RequiresRecognition of the Fundamental BiologicalDifferences Between Opposite-Sex and Same-SexCouples ................................................................. 26
 
 A.
 
The “Moral Views” Rejected by theCourts Below Are a Reasonable andConstitutionally Protected Response toa Debatable Public Policy Position .................. 26
 
B.
 
The Decisions Below Violate the First Amendment in that they RequireIndividuals and Communities to AffirmDisputed Political and IdeologicalPositions ........................................................... 29
 
Conclusion ................................................................. 34
 

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