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Perry: Amicus Brief of Mehlman et al

Perry: Amicus Brief of Mehlman et al

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Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of Kenneth B. Mehlman, et al., in support of Plaintiffs
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of Kenneth B. Mehlman, et al., in support of Plaintiffs

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No. 12-144I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
D
ENNIS
H
OLLINGSWORTH
,
et al.
,
Petitioners
,
v.
K
RISTIN
M.
 
P
ERRY
,
et al.
,
Respondents.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE
 
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
 
FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
 
BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE KENNETH B. MEHLMANET AL. SUPPORTING RESPONDENTS
M
ARK
C.
 
F
LEMING
 F
ELICIA
H.
 
E
LLSWORTH
 E
LISABETH
M.
 
O
PPENHEIMER
 R
EBECCA
A.
 
B
ACT
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 60 State StreetBoston, MA 02109R
EGINALD
 J.
 
B
ROWN
 S
ETH
P.
 
W
AXMAN
 
Counsel of Record
P
AUL
R.Q.
 
W
OLFSON
 D
ANIEL
A
GUILAR
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 1875 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20006(202) 663-6000seth.waxman@wilmerhale.comA
LAN
E.
 
S
CHOENFELD
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 7 World Trade Center250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ........................................... iiINTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE................................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ......................................... 2ARGUMENT ....................................................................... 4I. T
HERE
I
S
N
O
L
EGITIMATE
,
 
F
ACT
-B
ASED
 J
USTIFICATION
F
OR
D
IFFERENT
L
EGAL
T
REATMENT
O
F
C
OMMITTED
R
ELATION-SHIPS
B
ETWEEN
S
AME
-S
EX
C
OUPLES
....................... 4A. Marriage Promotes The ConservativeValues Of Stability, Mutual Support,And Mutual Obligation ......................................... 6B. Social Science Does Not Support AnyOf The Putative Rationales For Propo-sition 8 ................................................................... 10C. Although Measures Like Proposition 8May Rest On Sincerely Held Beliefs,That Does Not Sustain Their Constitu-tionality ................................................................. 15II. T
HIS
C
OURT
S
HOULD
P
ROTECT
T
HE
F
UN-DAMENTAL
R
IGHT
O
F
C
IVIL
M
ARRIAGE
B
Y
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NSURING
T
HAT
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VAILABLE
T
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AME
-S
EX
C
OUPLES
.................................................. 18CONCLUSION ................................................................. 24
 
ii
TABLE OF AUTHORITIESCASES
Page(s)
Board of Trustees of University of Alabama
v.
Garrett
, 531 U.S. 356 (2001) ........................................ 5
Boddie
v.
Connecticut
, 401 U.S. 371 (1971) ................... 20
Citizens United
v.
FEC
, 130 S. Ct. 876 (2010) .............. 23
City of Cleburne
v.
Cleburne Living Center,Inc.
, 473 U.S. 432 (1985) ...................................... 16, 22
Cleveland Board of Education
v.
LaFleur 
, 414U.S. 632 (1974) ............................................................ 19
Craig
v.
Boren
, 429 U.S. 190 (1976) ................................ 16
District of Columbia
v.
Heller 
, 554 U.S. 570(2008) ............................................................................ 23
Gill
v.
OPM 
, 699 F. Supp. 2d 374 (D. Mass.2010),
aff’d
, 682 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2012),
 peti-tions for cert. filed
, Nos. 12-13 & 12-15(U.S. June 29 & July 3, 2012) ................................ 9, 15
Golinski
v.
OPM 
, 824 F. Supp. 2d 968 (N.D.Cal. 2012),
 petition for cert. before judg-ment filed
, No. 12-16 (U.S. July 3, 2012) ................. 15
Heller 
v.
Doe
, 509 U.S. 312 (1993) ............................... 5, 17
Lamb’s Chapel
v.
Center Moriches Union FreeSchool District
, 508 U.S. 384 (1993) ......................... 24
Lawrence
v.
Texas
, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) ......................... 20
Loving
v.
Virginia
, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).................. 19, 20, 22
Lucas
v.
Forty-Fourth General Assembly
, 377U.S. 713 (1964) ............................................................ 23

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