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12-307 and 12-144 Brief for Helen Alvare

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12-307 and 12-144 Brief for Helen Alvare
12-307 and 12-144 Brief for Helen Alvare

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Published by: Downing Post News on Mar 03, 2013
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Nos. 12-144, 12-307
I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
 
 ________________ 
D
ENNIS
H
OLLINGSWORTH
,
ET AL
.,
 
Petitioners 
,
v.
RISTIN
M.
 
P
ERRY 
,
ET AL
.,
 
Respondents.
 _______________U
NITED
S
TATES
,
 
Petitioner 
,
v.
E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
W
INDSOR
,
IN
H
ER
C
 APACITY AS
E
XECUTOROF THE
E
STATE OF
T
HEA
C
LARA
S
PYER
,andB
IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
 A
DVISORY 
G
ROUP OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
H
OUSE OF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
,
 
Respondents 
. _______________
On Writs of Certiorari to the United States Court ofAppeals for the Ninth and Second Circuits
 _______________
BRIEF OF
AMICUS CURIAE
HELEN M. ALVARÉ INSUPPORT OF HOLLINGSWORTH AND BIPARTISANLEGAL ADVISORY GROUP ADDRESSING THEMERITS AND SUPPORTING REVERSAL
 ________________ H
ELEN
M.
 
 A
LVARÉ
 G
EORGE
M
 ASON
U
NIVERSITY 
S
CHOOL OF
L
 AW
 3301
 
F
 AIRFAX
D
R
.
 
 A
RLINGTON
,
 
 VA
 
22201(703)
 
993-9845halvare@gmu.edu
 Amicus Curiae 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS..............................................iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES......................................iiiINTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
.............................1SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT............................1 ARGUMENT................................................................5I.THE STATE HAS AT LEAST ALEGITIMATE, BUT MORELIKELY ACOMPELLING, INTERESTIN SINGLINGOUT OPPOSITE-SEX MARRIAGE FORPROTECTION, SUFFICIENT TO SATISFY THE EQUAL PROTECTIONCLAUSE........5II.THIS COURT HAS REGULARLY ANDFREQUENTLY RECOGNIZED WITH APPROVAL THE IMPORTANCE OFSTATES’ INTERESTS INTHEPROCREATIVE ASPECTS OF OPPOSITE-SEX MARRIAGE. WHILE IT HAS ALSORECOGNIZED THAT MARRIAGE SERVES ADULTS’ INTERESTS INHAPPINESS AND STABILITY, THE COURT HAS NOTISOLATED THESE FROM THEPROCREATIVE ASPECTS OFMARRIAGE...................................................9 A.States have substantial interest in thebirth of children................................10B.States have substantial interest in theway marriage socializes children.....12
 
iiC.The view of marriage advocated byPlaintiffs in
 Perry
and
Windsor
ignores children and society.............15III.REDEFINING MARRIAGE IN A WATHAT DE-LINKS SEX, MARRIAGE ANDCHILDREN CAN HARM THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANSANDEXACERBATE THE “MARRIAGE GAP,”WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FORINCREASING LEVELS OFSOCIALINEQUALITY IN AMERICA......................23CONCLUSION..........................................................35

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