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NC Values Coalition & LLL Foundation Amicus Brief

NC Values Coalition & LLL Foundation Amicus Brief

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14-5297 #38 - Amicus Brief of North Carolina Values Coalition and Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation in support of in Support of Defendants-Appellants
14-5297 #38 - Amicus Brief of North Carolina Values Coalition and Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation in support of in Support of Defendants-Appellants

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Case No. 14-5297 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT __________________________________________________________________
VALERIA TANCO,
 
et al.,
Plaintiffs-Appellees
 v. WILLIAM EDWARD "BILL" HASLAM, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Tennessee; LARRY MARTIN, in his official capacity as Commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration; and ROBERT COOPER, in his official capacity as Attorney General & Reporter of the State of Tennessee,
 Defendants-Appellants
 
__________________________________________________________________
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division Case No. 3:13-cv-01159 Honorable Aleta A. Trauger, Presiding
__________________________________________________________________ Brief of
 Amici Curiae
North Carolina Values Coalition and Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation in Support of Defendants-Appellants and Reversal __________________________________________________________________
Deborah J. Dewart Deborah J. Dewart, Attorney at Law 620 E. Sabiston Drive Swansboro, NC 28584-9674 Telephone: (910) 326-4554 debcpalaw@earthlink.net
 Attorney for Amici Curiae
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FRAP RULE 26.1
 Amici curiae
, North Carolina Values Coalition and Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation, both nonprofit corporations, make the following disclosures: 1. Neither amicus is a publicly held corporation or other public entity, or a subsidiary or affiliate of any publicly owned company. 2. Neither amicus has a parent corporation. 3. No publicly held corporation or other publicly held entity owns 10% or more of the stock of either amicus, because both are nonprofit corporation and neither has issued stock. 4. No publicly held corporation or other publicly held entity has a direct financial interest in the outcome of the litigation. DATED: May 9, 2014 /s/Deborah J. Dewart Deborah J. Dewart Counsel for
 Amici Curiae  North Carolina Values Coalition  Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ......................................................... i TABLE OF CONTENTS .......................................................................................... ii TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................................................................... iv INTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
 .............................................................................. 1 SOURCE OF AUTHORITY TO FILE
 AMICI CURIAE
BRIEF ............................. 1 AUTHORSHIP AND FUNDING OF
 AMICI CURIAE
BRIEF .............................. 2 INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT .............................. 2 ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................ 2 I. ADVOCATES OF MARRIAGE REDEFINITION PRESUPPOSE THE DEFINITION THEY SEEK TO ESTABLISH ..................................... 2 A. Fundamental Right Arguments Presuppose That The Word Marriage Already Encompasses Same-Sex Couples ........................... 4 B. Equal Protection Arguments Presuppose That The Word Marriage Already Encompasses Same-Sex Couples ........................... 6 II. FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT ARGUMENTS MUST FAIL ............................ 7 A. Plaintiffs' Proposed Definition of Marriage Is Not Deeply Rooted In American History Or Tradition ......................................... 10 B. There Is No Fundamental Right To Redefine The Word Marriage ............................................................................................. 14 III. EQUAL PROTECTION ARGUMENTS MUST FAIL ............................... 15 A. Earlier Equal Protection Cases Involving Marriage Did Not Redefine The Institution ..................................................................... 15
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