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12-16995 #46

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Doc 46 - Amicus Brief of American Sociological Association in support of plaintiffs
Doc 46 - Amicus Brief of American Sociological Association in support of plaintiffs

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* Pursuant to Order, Dkt. 12, this brief is being jointly submitted in both of the captioned cases.
Case Nos. 12-17668, 12-16995, and 12-16998UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
BEVERLY SEVCIK, et al.,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants
,v.BRIAN SANDOVAL, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellees
, andCOALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARRIAGE,
 Intervenor-Defendant- Appellee
.On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of NevadaCase No. 2:12-CV-00578-RCJ-PAL, The Hon. Robert C. Jones, District Judge. NATASHA N. JACKSON, et al.,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants
,v. NEIL S. ABERCROMBIE, Governor, State of Hawaii,
Defendant-Appellant 
,LORETTA J. FUDDY, Director, Department of Health, State of Hawaii,
 Defendant-Appellee
, andHAWAII FAMILY FORUM,
 Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee
.On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of HawaiiCase No. 1:11-cv-00734-ACK-KSC, The Hon. Alan C. Kay, Sr., District Judge.*
AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICALASSOCIATION ON BEHALF OF APPELLANTS
Carmine D. Boccuzzi, Jr.
Counsel of Record for Amicus Curiae
Mark A. Lightner Andra TroyAndrew P. Meiser CLEARY
 
GOTTLIEB
 
STEEN
 
&
 
HAMILTON
 
LLPOne Liberty Plaza New York, NY 10006(212) 225-2000cboccuzzi@cgsh.com
 
Case: 12-16995 10/24/2013 ID: 8834317 DktEntry: 46 Page: 1 of 41
Case: 12-16998 DktEntry 4
8Case: 12-17668 DktEntry 22
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................. iiiINTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
........................................................................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................................................................ 2ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................ 5I. SCHOLARLY CONSENSUS IS CLEAR: CHILDREN OF SAME-SEX PARENTS FARE JUST AS WELL AS CHILDREN OFDIFFERENT-SEX PARENTS ....................................................................... 5A. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND COGNITIVEDEVELOPMENT ................................................................................ 6B. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ................................................................. 8C. MENTAL HEALTH ............................................................................ 9D. EARLY SEXUAL ACTIVITY .......................................................... 11E. SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS ........... 12
 
II. THE RESEARCH CLAIMED TO UNDERMINE THECONSENSUS EITHER DOES NOT ADDRESS SAME-SEXPARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN OR ISMISCHARACTERIZED .............................................................................. 14A. THE REGNERUS PAPERS DO NOT SUPPORTCONCLUSIONS ABOUT CHILDREN RAISED BY SAME-SEX PARENTS .................................................................................. 151. The Regnerus 2012a Study Offers No Basis for Conclusions About Same-Sex Parents ...................................... 16
2. The “Re
-
Stated” Regnerus 2012b Study Offers No Basis
for Conclusions About Same-Sex Parents ................................ 19B. OTHER STUDIES CITED BY OPPONENTS OF MARRIAGEFOR SAME-SEX COUPLES DO NOT ADDRESS SAME-SEX PARENTS AND THEREFORE DO NOT UNDERMINETHE CONSENSUS ............................................................................ 211. Studies Regarding the Impact of Stepparents, DivorcedParents, or Single Parents .......................................................... 22
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 (continued)
Page
 -ii-
2. Studies Purporting to Examine the Effect of TwoBiological Parents ..................................................................... 253. Studies Regarding Gender Roles in Families withDifferent-Sex Parents ................................................................ 27CONCLUSION ....................................................................................................... 30
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