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Oral Argument Transcript Prop. 8 Case

Oral Argument Transcript Prop. 8 Case

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Published by: The Huntsville Times on Mar 26, 2013
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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, ET AL., :Petitioners : No. 12-144v. :KRISTIN M. PERRY, ET AL. :- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xWashington, D.C.Tuesday, March 26, 2013The above-entitled matter came on for oralargument before the Supreme Court of the United Statesat 10:07 a.m.APPEARANCES:CHARLES J. COOPER, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; on behalf ofPetitioners.THEODORE B. OLSON, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; on behalf ofRespondents.DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR., ESQ., Solicitor General,Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; for UnitedStates, as amicus curiae, supporting Respondents.1
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C O N T E N T S
ORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGECHARLES J. COOPER, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioners 3ORAL ARGUMENT OFTHEODORE B. OLSON, ESQ.On behalf of the Respondents 28ORAL ARGUMENT OFDONALD B. VERRILLI, JR., ESQ.For United States, as amicus curiae, 49supporting RespondentsREBUTTAL ARGUMENT OFCHARLES J. COOPER, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioners 632
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P R O C E E D I N G S(10:07 a.m.)CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We'll hear argumentthis morning in Case 12-144, Hollingsworth v. Perry.Mr. Cooper?ORAL ARGUMENT OF CHARLES J. COOPERON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONERSMR. COOPER: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice,and may it please the Court:New York's highest court, in a case similarto this one, remarked that until quite recently, it wasan accepted truth for almost everyone who ever lived inany society in which marriage existed -CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Mr. Cooper, we havejurisdictional and merits issues here. Maybe it'd bebest if you could begin with the standing issue.MR. COOPER: I'd be happy to,Mr. Chief Justice.Your Honor, the official proponents ofProposition 8, the initiative, have standing to defendthat measure before this Court as representatives of thepeople and the State of California to defend thevalidity of a measure that they brought forward.JUSTICE GINSBURG: Have we ever grantedstanding to proponents of ballot initiatives?3
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