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Perry: Amicus Brief of William Eskridge, et al

Perry: Amicus Brief of William Eskridge, et al

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Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of William N. Eskridge, Jr., et al., in support of Plaintiffs
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of William N. Eskridge, Jr., et al., in support of Plaintiffs

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No. 12-144
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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.
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On Writ Of Certiorari To TheUnited States Court Of AppealsFor The Ninth Circuit
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BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
 WILLIAM N. ESKRIDGE JR.,REBECCA L. BROWN, DANIEL A. FARBER, AND ANDREW KOPPELMANIN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS
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 ATHLEEN
M. O’S
ULLIVAN
 
Counsel of Record
 P
ERKINS
C
OIE
 
LLP
 1201 Third AvenueSuite 4900Seattle, WA 98101(206) 359-8000kosullivan@perkinscoie.com
Counsel for Amici Curiae
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COCKLE LAW BRIEF PRINTING CO. (800) 225-6964OR CALL COLLECT (402) 342-2831
 
iTABLE OF CONTENTSPageINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE
................... 1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ....................... 1 ARGUMENT ........................................................... 4I. The Original Meaning of the Equal Protec-tion Clause Was to Bar Legal Caste Re-gimes Stigmatizing Minority Groups andServing No Public Need ............................... 4II. If a Minority Group Demonstrates That aDiscriminatory State Rule Entrenches ItsStatus as Second-Class, the Equal Protec-tion Clause Demands Serious End-MeansScrutiny ........................................................ 8 A. The Equal Protection Clause RequiresSerious Scrutiny of Traditional RulesDiscriminating Against a Minority GroupOnce the Caste Effect of Those LawsHas Been Demonstrated ....................... 10B. The Legitimating Effect of Judicial Re-view Suggests Caution Before Reaf-firming Traditional Exclusions WhoseJustifications Have Been SeriouslyChallenged by a Mobilized Minority..... 15C. Symbolic Denigration of Minority Per-sons Is Often the Worst Form of CasteLegislation Inconsistent with the Four-teenth Amendment ................................ 20
 
iiTABLE OF CONTENTS – ContinuedPageIII. Proposition 8 Is Caste Legislation Inconsis-tent with the Equal Protection Clause ....... 24 A. America’s Anti-Homosexual Caste Re-gime Rests upon the False Stereotypeof Gay People as Anti-Family................ 26B. Proposition 8 Bears the Signs of CasteLegislation: Legal Segregation of a Mi-nority Based on Traditional Stereo-types ....................................................... 33C. Petitioners’ Responsible-Procreation-and-Childrearing Justification for Prop-osition 8 Rests upon the StereotypesUndergirding the Anti-Homosexual CasteSystem and Lacks a Rational Connec-tion to California’s Current FamilyLaw......................................................... 36CONCLUSION ....................................................... 40

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