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Perry-Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family Equality Council et al

Perry-Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family Equality Council et al

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Hollingsworth v. Perry and USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family Equality Council, et al., in support of Plaintiffs
Hollingsworth v. Perry and USA v. Windsor: Amicus Brief of Family Equality Council, et al., in support of Plaintiffs

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Nos. 12-144, 12-307
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In The
Supreme Court of the United States
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---------------------------------DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, et al.,
 Petitioners,
v.KRISTIN M. PERRY, et al.,
 Respondents.
UNITED STATES,
 Petitioner,
v.EDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, IN HER CAPACITY ASEXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF THEA CLARA SPYER,and BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEUNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
 Respondents.
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On Writs Of Certiorari To The United States CourtOf Appeals For The Ninth And Second Circuits
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BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL; COLAGE; OUR FAMILY COALITION;GAY, LESBIAN, AND STRAIGHT EDUCATIONNETWORK; THE CENTER ON CHILDREN ANDFAMILIES; THE CHILD RIGHTS PROJECT; ANDSARAH GOGIN IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTSPERRY, STIER, KATAMI, ZARRILLO, CITY  AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, ANDEDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, IN HER CAPACITY  AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OFTHEA CLARA SPYER, ADDRESSING THE MERITS AND SUPPORTING AFFIRMANCE
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 ATHERINE
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Counsel of RecordCounsel for Amici Curiae
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LLP560 Mission Street, 25th FloorSan Francisco, CA 94105-2994(415) 268-2000katherine.keating@bryancave.com[Additional Counsel Listed On Inside Cover]================================================================
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 1050 17th Street, NWSuite 600Washington, DC 20036(202) 496-1285ehecht@familyequality.org 
Counsel for Amicus Curiae Family Equality Council
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Counsel for Amicus Curiae Child Rights Project
 
Counsel for Amici Curiae
 
iTABLE OF CONTENTSPageINTRODUCTION ................................................ 1INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE.......................... 5SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .............................. 7 ARGUMENT ........................................................ 10I. SAME-SEX-PARENTED FAMILIES ARESUCCESSFULLY AND “RESPONSIBLY CREATING AND NURTURING THENEXT GENERATION” .............................. 10II. BOTH PROPOSITION 8 AND DOMA STIGMATIZE AND DE-LEGITIMIZESAME-SEX-PARENTED FAMILIES INTHE EYES OF THE LAW AND SOCIE-TY .............................................................. 23III. PROPOSITION 8 AND DOMA ALSOHARM LGBT YOUTH BY INFORMINGTHEM THAT THEIR GOVERNMENTCONSIDERS THEM, AND ANY COM-MITTED RELATIONSHIPS THEY MAY FORM AS ADULTS, TO BE INHERENT-LY INFERIOR TO THOSE OF THEIRHETEROSEXUAL PEERS ........................ 32CONCLUSION ..................................................... 36

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