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Pflag Amicus Brief to the 10th Circuit over Kitchen v. Herbert. Same-sex marriage in Utah

Pflag Amicus Brief to the 10th Circuit over Kitchen v. Herbert. Same-sex marriage in Utah

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This is the Amicus Brief filed by PFLAG National on behalf of families everywhere in support of the Plaintiff's in Kitchen v. Herbert, the landmark case in the state of Utah which allowed 17 days of marriage.
This is the Amicus Brief filed by PFLAG National on behalf of families everywhere in support of the Plaintiff's in Kitchen v. Herbert, the landmark case in the state of Utah which allowed 17 days of marriage.

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Case Nos. 13-4178, 14-5003, 14-5006 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT
DEREK KITCHEN, individually, et al. Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. GARY R. HERBERT, in his official capacity as Governor of Utah, and SEAN D. REYES, in his official capacity as Attorney General of Utah Defendants-Appellants, and SHERRIE SWENSON, as Salt Lake County Clerk, Defendant. Appeal from The United States District Court for the District of UtahCase No. 2:13-CV-00217-RJS The Honorable Robert J. Shelby Presiding MARY BISHOP, SHARON BALDWIN, SUSAN G. BARTON, and GAY E. PHILLIPS, Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ex. rel.,
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., in his official capacity as Attorney General of the United States of America; and SALLY HOWE-SMITH, in her official capacity as Court Clerk for Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma, Defendants. Appeal from The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma Case No. 04-CV-848-TCK-TLW The Honorable Terence C. Kern Presiding
BRIEF OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS, INC. IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES AND PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES/CROSS-APPELLANTS
Jiyun Cameron Lee Andrew J. Davis FOLGER LEVIN
LLP
 199 Fremont Street, 20th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel: (415) 625-1050 Fax: (415) 615-1091 Email: ddavis@folgerlevin.com
 Attorneys for Amicus Curiae  Parents, Families and Friends of  Lesbians and Gays, Inc.
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211782 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 1
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211849 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 1
 
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26.1, the undersigned states that
amicus curiae
, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., is not a corporation that issues stock or has a parent corporation that issues stock. Dated: March 4, 2014 FOLGER LEVIN
LLP
 /s/ Andrew J. Davis Andrew J. Davis Attorneys for
 Amicus Curiae
 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc.
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211782 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 2
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211849 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 2
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
i CORPORATE DISCLOSURE TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................................................................. i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ........................................................................ ii INTERESTS OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
 ............................................................ 1 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .................................................................... 2 ARGUMENT ............................................................................................... 4 I. THE UTAH AND OKLAHOMA PROHIBITIONS ON SAME-SEX COUPLES MARRYING DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AND HARM PEOPLE WHO ARE GAY OR LESBIAN BY RELEGATING THEIR RELATIONSHIPS TO AN INFERIOR STATUS ................................................................................. 4 A. Story of Leslie Bohon-Bothwell and David Bohon .......................................................................... 5 B. Story of Kristy Clark ................................................... 7 C. Story of Judi Wiles ...................................................... 9 D. Story of Colette Roberts ............................................ 11 II. SAME-SEX COUPLES JOINING IN MARRIAGE  NEITHER POSE RISKS TO THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE NOR THREATEN CHILDREN .................... 14 A. Story of Janice Marcus and Allison Black ................ 15 B. Story of Mariette Sawchuk ....................................... 17 C. Story of Jenny Evans Martin ..................................... 20 D. Story of Mike Neubecker .......................................... 21 CONCLUSION .......................................................................................... 24 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 32(A) ........................ 26 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ................................................................... 27 CERTIFICATE OF DIGITAL SUBMISSION .......................................... 28
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211782 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 3
Appellate Case: 13-4178 Document: 01019211849 Date Filed: 03/04/2014 Page: 3

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