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DOJ Brief in Prop 8

DOJ Brief in Prop 8

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February 28, 2013 Department of Justice brief in Proposition 8 case.
February 28, 2013 Department of Justice brief in Proposition 8 case.

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No. 12-144
 In the Supreme Court of the United States
 
D
ENNIS
H
OLLINGSWORTH
,
ET AL
.,
PETITIONERS
 
v.
 K
RISTIN
M.
 
P
ERRY 
,
ET AL
.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THEUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT 
BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATESAS AMICUS CURIAE SUPPORTING RESPONDENTS
D
ONALD
B.
 
 V 
ERRILLI
,
 
J
R
.
 Solicitor GeneralCounsel of Record
S
TUART
F.
 
D
ELERY 
 
 Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
S
RI
S
RINIVASAN
 
 Deputy Solicitor General
P
RATIK
 A.
 
S
HAH
 
 Assistant to the Solicitor General
M
ICHAEL
J
 AY 
S
INGER
 H
ELEN
L.
 
G
ILBERT
 J
EFFREY 
E.
 
S
 ANDBERG
 
 Attorneys Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov(202) 514-2217 
 
 (I)
QUESTION
 
PRESENTED
The United States will address the following questionpresented by this case: whether Proposition 8 violatesthe Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amend-ment.
 
 (III)
TABLE
 
OF
 
CONTENTS
PageInterest of the United States ........................................................ 1Statement ......................................................................................... 2Summary of argument ................................................................... 6 Argument:Proposition 8 violates equal protection .................................. 9 A. Classifications based on sexual orientationshould be subject to heightened scrutiny .................. 12B. Proposition 8 fails heightened scrutiny ..................... 161. The interests asserted by petitioners indefense of Proposition 8 fail heightenedscrutiny ..................................................................... 18 a. Responsible procreation and child-rearing .... 18 b. Proceeding with caution .................................... 25 c. Democratic self-governance ............................. 262. The remaining, actual purposes of Proposition8 also fail heightened scrutiny ............................... 28a. Traditional definition of marriage ................... 28 b. Protecting children from being taught aboutsame-sex marriage ............................................. 31Conclusion ...................................................................................... 33
TABLE
 
OF
 
AUTHORITIES
Cases:
 Baker 
 v.
 Nelson
:409 U.S. 810 (1972) ........................................................ 7, 13
 
191 N.W.2d 185 (Minn. 1971) ........................................... 13
  Bernal
 v.
Fainter 
, 467 U.S. 216 (1984) ................................. 14
  Board of Trs. of Univ. of Ala.
v.
Garrett
, 531 U.S. 356(2001) ...................................................................................... 32
  Bowers
 v.
 Hardwick
, 478 U.S. 186 (1986) ...................... 29, 31
  Bray
 v.
Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic
, 506 U.S.263 (1993) ............................................................................... 16
 

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