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Coalition for Protection of Marriage Brief

Coalition for Protection of Marriage Brief

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Case No. 12-17668 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
BEVERLY SEVCIK, et al.,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants,
 v. GOVERNOR BRIAN SANDOVAL, et al.,
 Defendants-Appellees,
and COALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARRIAGE,
 Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee.
 On Appeal from the United States District Court For the District of Nevada Case No. 2:12-CV-00578-RCJ-PAL The Honorable Robert C. Jones, District Judge
ANSWERING BRIEF OF DEFENDANT-APPELLEE COALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARRIAGE
Monte Neil Stewart Craig G. Taylor Daniel W. Bower S
TEWART
T
AYLOR
&
 
M
ORRIS
PLLC 12550 W. Explorer Drive, Suite 100 Boise, ID 83713 Tel: (208) 345-3333
 Lawyers for Appellee Coalition for the Protection of Marriage
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Pursuant to Rule 26.1, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Defendant-Appellee Coalition for the Protection of Marriage states that it is a Nevada non- profit corporation in good standing and that it has no shareholders.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ........................................................ ii TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ........................................................................... vi-xviii INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 1 STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION....................................................................... 10 STATEMENT OF THE ISSUES............................................................................ 10 ADDENDUM OF PERTINENT AUTHORITIES ................................................. 11 STATEMENT OF THE CASE ............................................................................... 11 SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ..................................................................... 16 ARGUMENT .......................................................................................................... 17 I.
 
ELEVANT AND ROBUST LEGISLATIVE FACTS SHOW THAT SOCIETY HAS GOOD REASONS TO PRESERVE
THE UNION OF A MAN AND A WOMAN
 AS A CORE MEANING OF THE MARRIAGE INSTITUTION
 ................................................................................................... 17 A. When parties present competing legislative facts, the courts defer to those chosen by the government decision-maker. ................................................................................................. 18
B. The “union of a man and a woman” meaning at the core of Nevada’s marriage institution provides valuable
social benefits ..................................................................................... 26
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