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12-17668 #137

12-17668 #137

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Doc 137 - Amicus brief of Alliance Defending Freedom in support of State of Nevada
Doc 137 - Amicus brief of Alliance Defending Freedom in support of State of Nevada

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A
PPEAL
N
O
.
 
12-17668 U
NITED
S
TATES
C
OURT OF
A
PPEALS
 F
OR
T
HE
N
INTH
C
IRCUIT
  __________________________________________
B
EVERLY
S
EVCIK 
, et al.,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants
, v. B
RIAN
S
ANDOVAL
, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellees.
 
 __________________________________________
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada Civil Case No. 2:12-cv-00578-RCJ-PAL (Judge Robert C. Jones)
  __________________________________________ B
RIEF OF
A
MICUS
C
URIAE
A
LLIANCE
D
EFENDING
F
REEDOM IN
S
UPPORT OF
D
EFENDANTS
-A
PPELLEES AND
A
FFIRMANCE
  __________________________________________ 
 
Byron J. Babione David Austin R. Nimocks James A. Campbell Alliance Defending Freedom 15100 N. 90th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Tel: (480) 444-0020 Fax: (480) 444-0028
 bbabione@alliancedefendingfreedom.org
 Attorneys for Amicus Curiae
 
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 i
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Amicus Curiae Alliance Defending Freedom states that it is a nonprofit organization, that it does not have any stock, and that it does not have any parent corporations.
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 ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ......................................................... i
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................................................................... iii
 
INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE .......................................................................... 1
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................................................................. 2
 
ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................. 3
 
I.
 
The Equal Protection Clause Does Not Forbid Nevada from Defining Marriage as the Union of a Man and a Woman. .............................................. 3
 
II.
 
 Nevada’s Marriage Laws Advance Society’s Vital Interest in Responsible Procreation and Childrearing. ..................................................... 7
 
A.
 
Responsible Procreation and Childrearing Has Been an Animating Purpose of Marriage in Virtually Every Society throughout History. ............................................................................... 7
 
B.
 
 Nevada’s Marriage Laws Directly Further Marriage’s Animating Purpose of Responsible Procreation and Childrearing. ........................................................................................ 11
 
C.
 
That Not All Opposite-Sex Couples Have Children Does Not Undermine the Rationality of Nevada’s Marriage Laws. ................... 18
 
D.
 
 Nevada’s Domestic Partnership Law Does Not Render Its Marriage Laws Irrational. .................................................................... 21
 
III.
 
It Is Reasonable to Believe that Judicially Redefining Marriage to Sever its Inherent Connection to Responsible Procreation and Childrearing Will Undermine Marriage’s Ability to Further that Societal Interest. ............................................................................................ 24
 
CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 29
 
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULES 29-2(d) AND 32(a)(7)(B) ..................................................................................................... 31
 
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ................................................................................ 32
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