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12-689: Sevcik: Brief in Opposition

12-689: Sevcik: Brief in Opposition

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Sevcik: Plaintiffs' brief in opposition to granting cert
Sevcik: Plaintiffs' brief in opposition to granting cert

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No. 12-689
I
N THE
Supreme Court of the United States
 _______________________ 
C
OALITION FOR THE
P
ROTECTION OF
M
 ARRIAGE
,
 
P
ETITIONER
,
v.
B
EVERLY 
S
EVCIK 
,
ET AL
.,R
ESPONDENTS
.
 _____________________________ 
On Petition for a Writ of CertiorariBefore Judgment to the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 
 _____________________________ 
RESPONDENTS’ BRIEF IN OPPOSITION
 
 ________________________ 
C
 ARLA 
C
HRISTOFFERSON
 D
 AWN
S
ESTITO
 M
ELANIE
C
RISTOL
 R
 AHI
 A 
ZIZI
 D
IMITRI
P
ORTNOI
 O’Melveny & Myers LLP400 South Hope StreetLos Angeles, CA 90071(213) 430-6000
ELLY 
H.
 
D
OVE
 M
 AREK 
P.
 
B
UTE
 Snell & Wilmer LLP3883 Howard HughesParkway, Suite 1100Las Vegas, NV 89169(702) 784-5200T
 ARA 
L.
 
B
ORELLI
Counsel of Record 
 J
ON
W.
 
D
 AVIDSON
S
USAN
L.
 
S
OMMER
 P
ETER
C.
 
R
ENN
 S
HELBI
D.
 
D
 AY 
 Lambda Legal Defenseand Education Fund,Inc.3325 Wilshire Blvd.,Ste. 1300Los Angeles, CA 90010(213) 382-7600tborelli@lambdalegal.org
 Attorneys for Respondents 
 
 
i
QUESTIONS PRESENTED
Petitioner’s Question Presented states a broadquestion not presented by the claim raised in thiscase. The following issues are presented by thepetition for certiorari before judgment:1. Whether the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, an intervenor that seeks to have this Courtaffirm the decision below, has standing to seekcertiorari where none of the parties to the underlyingcontroversy have joined the petition.2. Whether this Court should deviate fromnormal practice and grant certiorari before judgmentin a case that the Court of Appeals has stayed tofacilitate consideration of this Court’s forthcomingdecision in
Hollingsworth 
 
v. Perry 
,
cert. granted 
, 81U.S.L.W. 3324 (U.S. Dec. 7, 2012) (No. 12-144).3. Whether Nevada’s law denying same-sexcouples the designation of marriage violates theEqual Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of Nevada’s decision to providesame-sex couples access to virtually all rights andresponsibilities of marriage through domesticpartnership.
 
 
ii
PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari (the “Petition”or “Pet.”) lists all parties to this proceeding, Pet. ii,subject to the following corrections:The Petition misspells the surname of one of theRespondents; the proper spelling is Mary“Baranovich,” not Mary “Barnovich.”Respondent Adele Newberry, formerly AdeleTerranova, has effected a legal name change. Herlegal name is now Adele Newberry.

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