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Becket Fund Amicus Brief

Becket Fund Amicus Brief

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14-5291 #34 Amicus Brief of The Becket Fund in support of Defendants-Appellants
14-5291 #34 Amicus Brief of The Becket Fund in support of Defendants-Appellants

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 Appeal No. 14-5291 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
GREGORY 
 
BOURKE;
 
MICHAEL
 
DELEON;
 
LUTHER
 
BARLOWE;
 
M.J.-C.,
 
minor child through their parents and next friends,
 
Randell Johnson and Paul Campion;
 
RANDELL
 
JOHNSON;
 
JIMMY 
 
MEADE;
 
PAUL
 
CAMPION;
 
TAMERA 
 
BOYD;
 
KIMBERLY 
 
FRANKLIN;
 
T.J.-C,
 
minor child through their parents and next friends, Randell Johnson and Paul Campion;
 
I.D.,
 
minor child by and through his parents and next friends, Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon,
 Plaintiffs-Appellees
,
 V
. STEVE BESHEAR, in his official capacity as the Governor of Kentucky,
 Defendant-Appellant
, and JACK CONWAY, in his official capacity as Attorney General of Kentucky,
 
 Defendant.
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville Civil Case No. 3:13-cv-00750 (Honorable John G. Heyburn, II)
Brief
 Amicus Curiae
 of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Support of Defendant and Defendant-Appellant and Reversal
Eric Rassbach  Asma Uddin
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty 3000 K St. NW, Suite 220 Washington, DC 20007 Tel: (202) 955-0095 Fax: (202) 955-0090 erassbach@becketfund.org 
 
 Attorneys for
 Amicus Curiae
Case: 14-5291 Document: 34 Filed: 05/14/2014 Page: 1
 
6CA-18/08
Page 1 of 2
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Disclosure of Corporate Affiliationsand Financial Interest
Sixth CircuitCase Number: Case Name: Name of counsel: Pursuant to 6th Cir. R. 26.1,
Name of Party 
makes the following disclosure:1.Is said party a subsidiary or affiliate of a publicly owned corporation? If Yes, list below theidentity of the parent corporation or affiliate and the relationship between it and the namedparty:2.Is there a publicly owned corporation, not a party to the appeal, that has a financial interestin the outcome? If yes, list the identity of such corporation and the nature of the financialinterest:
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICEI certify that on _____________________________________ the foregoing document was served on allparties or their counsel of record through the CM/ECF system if they are registered users or, if they are not,by placing a true and correct copy in the United States mail, postage prepaid, to their address of record.s/
This statement is filed twice: when the appeal is initially opened and later, in the principal briefs, immediately preceding the table of contents. See 6th Cir. R. 26.1 on page 2 of this form.
14-5291 Bourke, et al v. Beshear, et alEric C. RassbachThe Becket Fund for Religious LibertyNo.No.May 14, 2014
Eric C. Rassbach
 Case: 14-5291 Document: 34 Filed: 05/14/2014 Page: 2
 
 
ii
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT............................................. i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ...................................................................... iv IDENTITY AND INTEREST OF THE
 AMICUS 
 ...................................... 1 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .................................................................... 3  ARGUMENT ............................................................................................... 4 I. According legal recognition to same-sex marriage without robust protections for religious liberty will trigger wide-ranging church-state conflict. ...................................................... 4  A. Leading legal scholars on both sides of the marriage debate recognize the conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty and support legislative exemptions. ........................................................ 7 B. Mandating same-sex marriage through judicial decree will trigger a wave of private civil litigation under anti-discrimination laws never intended for that purpose. ...................................................................... 12 C. Religious people and institutions that object to same-sex marriage will be penalized by state and local governments. ............................................................. 21 1. Exclusion from government facilities and fora. ...... 22 2. Loss of licenses or accreditation. ............................. 23 3. Disqualification from government grants and contracts. ................................................................... 24 4. Loss of state or local tax exemptions. ...................... 26 5. Loss of educational and employment opportunities. ............................................................ 27
Case: 14-5291 Document: 34 Filed: 05/14/2014 Page: 3

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