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CAC Cato Perry Amicus Brief

CAC Cato Perry Amicus Brief

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No. 12-144
 
In The
 
Supreme Court of the United States
 
D
ENNIS
H
OLLINGSWORTH
,
ET AL
.,
 Petitioners,v.
RISTIN
M.
 
P
ERRY 
,
ET AL
.,
 Respondents.On Writ Of Certiorari To The United StatesCourt Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit
BRIEF OF THE CATO INSTITUTE ANDCONSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNTABILITYCENTER AS
 AMICI CURIAE 
 IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS
 
D
OUGLAS
T.
 
ENDALL
R
OBERT
 A.
 
L
EVY 
 E
LIZABETH
B.
 
W
 YDRA 
 
I
LYA 
S
HAPIRO
 
Counsel of Record
J
 AMES
R.
 
S
CHINDLER
 
D
 AVID
H. G
 ANS
S
OPHIE
J.
 
M.
 
C
OLE
 J
UDITH
E.
 
S
CHAEFFER
CATO
 
INSTITUTECONSTITUTIONAL
 
1000
 
Mass. Ave., NW ACCOUNTABILITY 
 
Washington, D.C. 20001CENTER
 
(202) 842-02001200 18th St., NW, Ste 501 ishapiro@cato.orgWashington, D.C. 20036(202) 296-6889elizabeth@theusconstitution.org
 
Counsel for
 Amici Curiae
 
 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................................. iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ........................................ iiINTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
................................ 1INTRODUCTION ANDSUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................ 2 ARGUMENT ................................................................ 4I. The Text Of The Equal Protection ClauseUnambiguously Protects All Persons From Arbitrary And Invidious Discrimination... ........... 4II. The Original Meaning Of The Equal ProtectionClause Confirms That Its Guarantee Of EqualRights And Equality Under The Law AppliesBroadly To All Persons .. ..................................... 10III.The Equal Protection Clause Guarantees AllPersons An Equal Right To Marry The Person Of Their Choice ........................................................ 15IV.Proposition 8’s Infringement Of The Right ToMarry Violates The Equal Protection Clause’sGuarantee That All Persons Have Equal Rights And Equality Under The Law ............................. 21CONCLUSION .......................................................... 26
 
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Page
Cases
 Barbier v. Connolly
,113 U.S. 27 (1885) ................................................ 13
 Bd. of County Comm’rs, Waubunsee County, Kan. v. Umbehr
,518 U.S. 668 (1996) ........................................ 22, 23
 Boddie v. Connecticut
,401 U.S. 371 (1971) .......................................... 3, 20
 Bowers v. Hardwick
,478 U.S. 186 (1986) .............................................. 22
Civil Rights Cases
,109 U.S. 3 (1883) .............................................. 5, 13
 Dred Scott v. Sandford
,60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857) ................................. 6
Goodridge v. Dep’t of Public Health,
 440 Mass. 309 (Mass. 2003) .......................... 25, 26
Heller v. Doe
,509 U.S. 312 (1993) ............................................. 22
Hernandez v. Robles,
 855 N.E.2d 1 (N.Y. 2006) .................................... 25
Ho Ah Kow v. Nunan
,12 F. Cas. 252 (C.C.D. Cal. 1879 ................... 13, 14

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