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14-124 Plaintiffs' Response Brief

14-124 Plaintiffs' Response Brief

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14-124 Herbert v. Kitchen (Utah's appeal to Supreme Court) Plaintiffs' Response Brief
14-124 Herbert v. Kitchen (Utah's appeal to Supreme Court) Plaintiffs' Response Brief

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No. 14-124
I
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Supreme Court of the United States
 _________
G
 ARY
R.
 
H
ERBERT
,
 IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS
G
OVERNOR OF
U
TAH
,
 ET AL
.,
Petitioners 
,  v. D
EREK
ITCHEN
,
 ET AL
.,
 
Respondents.
 _________
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
 _________
BRIEF FOR RESPONDENTS
 _________
N
EAL
UMAR
 ATYAL
E
LIZABETH
B.
 
P
RELOGAR
 C
OLLEEN
E.
 
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OH
  A 
LLISON
M.
 
H
OLT
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LIZABETH
 A 
USTIN
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ONNER
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OGAN
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OVELLS
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LLP 555 Thirteenth St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 G
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B
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EFENDERS
 30 Winter St., Ste. 800 Boston, MA 02108 P
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OMSIC
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M
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 J
ENNIFER
F
RASER
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G
REENWOOD
, P.C. 170 S. Main St., Ste. 850 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 359-9000 tomsic@mgpclaw.com
 ATHRYN
D.
 
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C
ODELL
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HRISTOPHER
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L
ESBIAN
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IGHTS
 870 Market St., Ste. 370 San Francisco, CA 94102
Counsel for Respondents
*Counsel of Record
 
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
Whether a state violates the Fourteenth  Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and by refusing to recognize their lawful, out-of-state marriages.
 
ii TABLE OF CONTENTS Page QUESTION PRESENTED ........................................... i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ....................................... iv INTRODUCTION ........................................................ 1 STATEMENT .............................................................. 3  A. Respondents ................................................... 3 B. Utah’s Marriage Prohibitions ........................ 5 C. Procedural History ......................................... 8  ARGUMENT ............................................................. 14 I. THE COURT SHOULD REVIEW THE  VITAL CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION PRESENTED, AND THIS CASE PROVIDES AN APPROPRIATE  VEHICLE FOR THAT REVIEW ...................... 14  A. The Importance Of The Question  And The Serious Harms Caused By The Denial Of The Freedom To Marry Warrant This Court’s Review .......... 14 B. This Case Provides An Appropriate  Vehicle To Consider The Question Presented ...................................................... 17 II. THE TENTH CIRCUIT CORRECTLY HELD THAT AMENDMENT 3 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. .................................. 22  A. Amendment 3 Denies Same-Sex Couples The Fundamental Right To Marry ............................................................ 22

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