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PFLAG Amicus Brief

PFLAG Amicus Brief

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14-2386 #204 Amicus Brief of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees
14-2386 #204 Amicus Brief of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees

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Case No. 14-2526 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
VIRGINIA WOLF and CAROL SCHUMACHER; ROY BADGER and GARTH WANGEMANN; and MARIE CARLSON and CHARVONNE KEMP,
Plaintiffs - Appellees
, v. SCOTT WALKER, in his official capacity as Governor of Wisconsin; J. B. VAN HOLLEN, in his official capacity as Attorney General of Wisconsin; and OSKAR ANDERSON, in his official capacity as State Registrar of Wisconsin,
 Defendants - Appellants
, and WENDY CHRISTENSEN, in her official capacity as Racine County Clerk; JOSEPH CZARNEZKI, in his official capacity as Milwaukee County Clerk; and SCOTT McDONELL, in his official capacity as Dane County Clerk,
 Defendants - Parties-in-Interest 
, and JULAINE K. APPLINT,
Party-in-Interest 
. On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Case No. 14-CV-64 (The Honorable Barbara B. Crabb)
BRIEF OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS, INC. IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES AND SUPPORTING AFFIRMANCE
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.
Case: 14-2526 Document: 158 Filed: 08/12/2014 Pages: 33
Case 14-2386 Document: 204
 
CIRCUIT RULE 26.1 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Appellate Court  No: Short Caption: To enable the  judges to determine whether  recusal is necessary or  appropriate, an attorney for  a non-governmental  party or amicus curiae, or  a  private attorney representing a government  party, must furnish a disclosure statement  providing thefollowing information in compliance with Circuit Rule 26.1 and Fed. R. App. P. 26.1. The Court  prefers that the disclosure statement  be filed immediately following dock eting;  but, the disclosure statement must be filed within 21 days of  docketing or  upon the filing of  a motion, response,  petition, or  answer  in this court, whichever  occursfirst. Attorneys are required to file an amended statement to reflect any material changes in the required information. The textof  the statement must also  be included in front of  the table of  contents of  the  party's main  brief. 
Counsel is required tocomplete the entire statement and to use N/A for any information that is not applicable if  this form is used. [ ]PLEASE CHECK  HERE IF ANY INFORMATION ON THIS FORM IS NEW OR  REVISED AND INDICATE WHICH INFORMATION IS NEW OR  REVISED. 
(1)The full name of  every  party that the attorney represents in the case (if  the  party is a corporation, you must  provide thecorporate disclosure information required  by Fed. R. App. P 26.1  by completing item #3): (2)The names of  all law firms whose  partners or  associates have appeared for  the  party in the case (including  proceedingsin the district court or   before an administrative agency) or  are expected to appear  for  the  party in this court: (3)I the  party or  amicus is a corporation:i)Identify all its  parent corporations, if  any; and ii)list any  publicly held company that owns 10% or  more of  the  party’s or  amicus’ stock: 
Attorney's Signature: Date: Attorney's Printed  Name: Please indicate if  you are 
Counsel  of   Record 
 for  the above listed  parties  pursuant to Circuit Rule 3(d). 
Yes
 
No
 Address: Phone  Number: Fax  Number: E-Mail Address: 
rev. 01/08 AK 
14-2526Wolf v. Walker  Amicus Curiae Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc.Folger Levin LLPN/AN/A
s/ Andrew J. Davis
 August 11, 2014 Andrew J. Davis199 Fremont Street, 20th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105(415) 625-1050 (415) 625-1091ddavis@folgerlevin.com
Case: 14-2526 Document: 158 Filed: 08/12/2014 Pages: 33
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
ii DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ............................................................. i TABLE OF CONTENTS .................................................................... ii TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .............................................................. iii INTERESTS OF AMICUS CURIAE ................................................. 1 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ........................................................... 2 ARGUMENT ....................................................................................... 4 I. BANS ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AND HARM PEOPLE WHO ARE GAY OR LESBIAN BY RELEGATING THEIR RELATIONSHIPS TO AN INFERIOR STATUS ............................................... 4 A. Story of Kay Heggestad & Paul Wertsch ............. 5 B. Story of Kristy Clark ............................................ 7 C. Story of Annette Gross ....................................... 10 D. Story of Colette Roberts ..................................... 12 II. SAME-SEX COUPLES JOINING IN MARRIAGE NEITHER POSE RISKS TO THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE NOR THREATEN CHILDREN ............................................ 15 A. Story of Arantza Zabala ...................................... 16 B. Story of Tom and Jan Harry ............................... 20 C. Story of Mike Neubecker ................................... 24 CONCLUSION .................................................................................. 27 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 32(A) ............... 28 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE .......................................................... 29
Case: 14-2526 Document: 158 Filed: 08/12/2014 Pages: 33

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