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NMSC #34306 - Response of Plaintiffs

NMSC #34306 - Response of Plaintiffs

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NM Assoc. of Counties v. Malott and Griego v. Oliver: Plaintiffs' Response to Petition
NM Assoc. of Counties v. Malott and Griego v. Oliver: Plaintiffs' Response to Petition

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICO, ex rel.
 
NEW MEXICO ASSOCIATIONOF COUNTIES, et al.,Intervenors-Petitioners
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v. No. 34,306THE HONORARBLE ALAN M. MALOTT,Respondent,andROSE GRIEGO AND KIM KIEL, et al.,Plaintiffs-Real Parties in InterestandMAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER, et al.,Defendants-Real Parties in InterestPLAINTIFFS-REAL PARTIES IN INTEREST RESPONSETO PETITION FOR WRIT OF SUPERINTENDING CONTROL
 
SUTIN, THAYER & BROWNEA Professional CorporationPeter S. KierstLynn E. MostollerCooperating Attorneys for ACLU-NMPost Office Box 1945Albuquerque, NM 87103-1945(505) 883-2500psk@sutinfirm.com lem@sutinfirm.com ACLU OF NEW MEXICOLaura Schauer IvesAlexandra Freedman SmithAmerican Civil Liberties Union of NewMexico FoundationP.O. Box 566Albuquerque, NM 87103-0566(505) 266-5915 Ext. 1008lives@aclu-nm.org asmith@aclu-nm.org 
 
 
Elizabeth O. GillJames D. EsseksAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIESUNIONFOUNDATION39 Drumm StreetSan Francisco, CA 94111Phone: (415) 621-2493egill@aclunc.org  jesseks@aclu.org Shannon P. MinterChristopher F. StollNATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIANRIGHTS870 Market St., Suite 370San Francisco, CA 94102Phone (415) 392-6257SMinter@nclrights.org Cstoll@nclrights.org N. Lynn PerlsLAW OFFICE OF LYNN PERLSCo-operating Attorney for NCLR523 Lomas Blvd. NEAlbuquerque, NM 87102Phone: (505) 891-8918lynn@perlslaw.com Maureen A. SandersCooperating Attorney and Legal PanelMember, ACLU-NMSANDERS & WESTBROOK, P.C.102 Granite Ave. NWAlbuquerque, NM 87102Phone: (505) 243-2243m.sanderswestbrook@qwestoffice.net J. Kate GirardCo-operating Attorney for ACLU-NMWRAY & GIRARD, P.C.102 Granite Ave., N.W.Albuquerque, NM 87102Phone: (505) 842-8492 jkgirard@wraygirard.com 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSTable of Authorities ........................................................................................ iiiBACKGROUND .......................................................................................... 1ARGUMENT .......................................................................................... 4I. THIS COURT SHOULD ISSUE ITS WRIT OFSUPERINTENDING CONTROL AND MAKE ADEFINITIVE, CONSTITUTIONALRESOLUTION OF THE ISSUES ................................................... 4A. This Case Presents Exceptional Circumstancesand Issues of Great Public ImportanceWarranting Use of the Power of Superintending Control. ......................................................... 4B. The Court Can and Should Address theConstitutional Questions Presentedin This Proceeding. .................................................................. 8II. PROHIBITING PLAINTIFFS FROM MARRYINGVIOLATES DUE PROCESS OF LAW BY DENYINGTHEM A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT ............................................ 10III. PROHIBITING PLAINTIFFS FROM MARRYINGDENIES THEM CONSTITUTIONALLYGUARANTEED RIGHTS ON THE BASIS OFSEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION .......................................... 13A. Prohibiting Plaintiffs From MarryingIs Unconstitutional Discriminationon the Basis of Sex. ................................................................ 13B. Prohibiting Plaintiffs from MarryingIs Unconstitutional Discriminationon the Basis of Sexual Orientation. ..................................... 15

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