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Perry: Amicus Brief of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers et al

Perry: Amicus Brief of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers et al

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Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, et al., in support of Plaintiffs
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Amicus brief of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 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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 AMICUS CURIAE
BRIEF OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS,THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OFTHE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIALLAWYERS, AND THE ASSOCIATION OFCERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTSIN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS
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---------------------------------D
IANA 
E. R
ICHMOND
 
Counsel of Record
 L
OUIS
P. F
EUCHTBAUM
 S
IDEMAN
& B
 ANCROFT
LLPOne Embarcadero Center,22nd FloorSan Francisco, CA 94111Telephone: (415) 392-1960drichmond@sideman.comlfeuchtbaum@sideman.comR
ICHARD
B.R
OSENTHAL
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OF
 R
ICHARD
B. R
OSENTHAL
5080 Paradise DriveTiburon, CA 94920Telephone: (415) 789-5433rbr@rosenthalappeals.com
 Attorneys 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 ARGUMENT ................................ 3 ARGUMENT ........................................................... 3I. Petitioners do not Provide a Rational Basisfor Depriving Same-Sex Couples of the Rightto Marry ........................................................ 3 A. Responsible Procreation does not Jus-tify Limiting Marriage .......................... 41. Marriage is More than Mere Pro-creation ............................................. 42. Society’s Interest in “ResponsibleProcreation” Cannot Justify Limit-ing Marriage to Opposite-Sex Cou-ples .................................................... 5B. California does not Elevate Biologyover Parenting Behavior ....................... 7C. That Marriage Promotes a Stable En-vironment for Children Cannot JustifyLimiting Marriage to Opposite-SexCouples .................................................. 10D. Petitioners’ Notion of Optimal Parent-ing Cannot Justify Marriage Discrimi-nation ..................................................... 11II. Children are Harmed When Their Same-Sex Parents are not Allowed to Marry ........ 13CONCLUSION ..................................................... 19
 
iiTABLE OF AUTHORITIESPageF
EDERAL
C
 ASES
 
Griswold v.
 
Connecticut
, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) .............4
 Michael H. v. Gerald D.
, 491 U.S. 110 (1989) ..............8
 Perry v. Schwarzenegger
, 704 F. Supp. 2d 921(N.D. Cal. 2010) ...............................................
 passim
 
Turner v. Safley
, 482 U.S. 78 (1987) ............................4
 Zablocki v. Redhail
, 434 U.S. 374 (1977) ................. 4, 5O
THER
C
 ASES
 
Conaway v. Deane
, 932 A. 2d 571 (Md. App.2007) ..........................................................................2
 Damon v. York,
680 S.E. 2d 354 (Va. Ct. App.2009) ........................................................................ 17
 Dawn D. v. Superior Court
, 952 P. 2d 1139 (Cal.1998) ..........................................................................8
 Elden v. Sheldon
, 758 P. 2d 582 (Cal. 1988) ................4
 Elisa B. v. Superior Court
, 117 P. 3d 660 (Cal.2005) ...................................................................... 7, 9
 In re D.A.,
204 Cal. App. 4th 811, 139Cal. Rptr. 3d 222 (2012) ............................................9
 In re Jesusa V 
., 85 P. 3d 2 (Cal. 2004) .........................9
 In re Marriage Cases
, 183 P. 3d 384 (Cal. 2008) .........2
 In re Nicholas H 
., 46 P. 3d 932 (Cal. 2002) ..................9
 In re Salvador M.,
111 Cal. App. 4th 1353, 4Cal. Rptr. 3d 705 (2003) ............................................9

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