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14-136 Plaintiffs' Response

14-136 Plaintiffs' Response

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14-136 Smith v. Bishop (Supreme Court appeal in Oklahoma marriage case) Plaintiffs' Response to Cert Petition. Filed August 27, 2014.
14-136 Smith v. Bishop (Supreme Court appeal in Oklahoma marriage case) Plaintiffs' Response to Cert Petition. Filed August 27, 2014.

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No. 14-136
I
N
T
HE
 S
 ALLY
H
OWE
S
MITH
, in her official capacity as Court Clerk for Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma,
Petitioner 
,
 
 v. M
 ARY
B
ISHOP
 and S
HARON
B
 ALDWIN
,
Respondents.
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
BRIEF FOR RESPONDENTS
 D
ON
G.
 
H
OLLADAY 
 J
 AMES
E.
 
W
 ARNER
III Holladay & Chilton PLLC 204 N. Robinson Avenue Suite 1550 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405) 236-2343 dholladay@holladay chilton.com J
OSEPH
T
HAI
 300 Timberdell Road Norman, OK 73019 thai@post.harvard.edu J
EFFREY
L.
 
F
ISHER
 
Counsel of Record
Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 724-7081  jlfisher@law.stanford.edu
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
Whether a state may deny same-sex couples the right to marry consistent with the Fourteenth  Amendment’s guarantees of due process and equal protection.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 QUESTION PRESENTED ........................................... i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ....................................... iii INTRODUCTION ......................................................... 1 STATEMENT ............................................................... 3  A. Factual and Legal Background ............................. 3 B. Procedural History ................................................. 8 REASONS FOR GRANTING THE WRIT ................ 12 I. This Court Should Resolve The Question Presented Here And Now .................................... 13 II. This Case Is A Clean And Beneficial Vehicle For Deciding The Question Presented ................ 14  A. This Court Could Use This Case Alone To Decide Whether A State May Deny Same-Sex Couples The Right To Marry ................. 15 B. At The Very Least, This Court Should Grant Certiorari In This Case Along With  Any Other It Grants On The Subject ........... 16 III. The Court Of Appeals Correctly Held That The Fourteenth Amendment Prohibits States From Denying Same-Sex Couples The Right To Marry ............................................................... 25  A. Enhanced Scrutiny Applies To State Laws Denying Same-Sex Couples The Right To Marry .............................................. 26 B. State Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriage Fail Every Level Of Review .......................... 29 CONCLUSION ........................................................... 32

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