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Amicus Brief - Perry v Schwarzenegger - Prop 8

Amicus Brief - Perry v Schwarzenegger - Prop 8

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No. 10–16696
In The
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Kristin Perry, et al.,
Plaintiffs–Appellees,
v.Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al.,
Defendants,
andDennis Hollingsworth, et al.,
Defendants–Intervenors–Appellants
Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Northern District of CaliforniaCivil Case No. 09–2292 VRWThe Honorable Judge Vaughn R. WalkerBRIEF OF LIBERTY INSTITUTE, ASSOCIATION OF MARYLANDFAMILIES, CALIFORNIA FAMILY COUNCIL, CENTER FOR ARIZONAPOLICY, CITIZENS FOR COMMUNITY VALUES, CORNERSTONEACTION, CORNERSTONE FAMILY COUNCIL, DELAWARE FAMILYPOLICY COUNCIL, FAMILY ACTION COUNCIL OF TENNESSEE,THE FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL OFWEST VIRGINIA, FAMILY POLICY INSTITUTE OF WASHINGTON,FLORIDA FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL, GEORGIA FAMILY COUNCIL,ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE, INDEPENDENCE LAW CENTER,IOWA FAMILY POLICY CENTER, LOUISIANA FAMILY FORUMACTION, MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY INSTITUTE, MICHIGANFAMILY FORUM, MINNESOTA FAMILY COUNCIL, MISSOURI FAMILYPOLICY COUNCIL, MONTANA FAMILY FOUNDATION, NEW JERSEYFAMILY FIRST, NEW JERSEY FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL, NORTHCAROLINA FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL, OKLAHOMA FAMILYPOLICY COUNCIL, OREGON FAMILY COUNCIL, PALMETTO FAMILYCOUNCIL, PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY INSTITUTE, WISCONSINFAMILY ACTION, AND WYWATCH FAMILY ACTION AS
AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANTS AND REVERSALKelly J. Shackelford,
Counsel of Record
 Jeffrey C. MateerHiram S. Sasser, III
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L
IBERTY
I
NSTITUTE
2001 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 1600Plano, Texas 75075(972) 941–4444
Attorneys for Amici Curiae
 
i
Circuit Rule 26.1 Disclosure Statement
1. The full name of every party that the attorneys represent in thiscase:
Liberty Institute, Association of Maryland Families, California
Family Council, Center for Arizona Policy, Citizens for Com-
munity Values, Cornerstone Action, Cornerstone Family Coun-cil, Delaware Family Policy Council, Family Action Council of Tennessee, The Family Foundation, The Family Policy Council
of West Virginia, Family Policy Institute of Washington, Florida
Family Policy Council, Georgia Family Council, Illinois Family
Institute, Independence Law Center, Iowa Family Policy Center,Louisiana Family Forum Action, Massachusetts Family Institute,
Michigan Family Forum, Minnesota Family Council, Missouri
Family Policy Council, Montana Family Foundation, New JerseyFamily First, New Jersey Family Policy Council, North Carolina
Family Policy Council, Oklahoma Family Policy Council, Oregon
Family Council, Palmetto Family Council, Pennsylvania FamilyInstitute, Wisconsin Family Action, and WyWatch Family Action

-peared for the party in this case or are expected to appear:
Kelly J. Shackelford, Jeffrey C. Mateer, Hiram S. Sasser III, and
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3. For all
amici curiae
that are corporations:i. Identify all parent corporations for all
amicus
parties:None.ii. List any publicly held company that owns 10% or more of any
amicus
party’s stock:None.s/ Kelly J. ShackelfordKelly J. Shackelford
 
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Table of Contents
Circuit Rule 26.1 Disclosure Statement ......................................................iTable of Contents ..........................................................................................iiTable of Authorities ....................................................................................iiiInterest of 
Amici Curiae
................................................................................1Introduction ..................................................................................................2Summary of Argument ...............................................................................2Argument .......................................................................................................4I. Initiatives promote the will of the people better than government solely by the elite. ..............................4II. Self-government is foundational to California’ssovereignty and should not be lightly overruled ....................8Conclusion ..................................................................................................14
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