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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUITKRISTIN M. PERRY; SANDRA B.STIER; PAUL T. KATAMI; JEFFREY J.ZARRILLO,Plaintiffs - Appellees,CITY AND COUNTY OF SANFRANCISCO,Plaintiff - Intervenor -Appellee,v.ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, in hisofficial capacity as Governor of California;EDMUND G. BROWN, Jr., in his officialcapacity as Attorney General of California;MARK B. HORTON, in his officialcapacity as Director of the CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health & StateRegistrar of Vital Statistics; LINETTESCOTT, in her official capacity as DeputyDirector of Health Information & StrategicPlanning for the California Department of Public Health; PATRICK O’CONNELL,in his official capacity as Clerk-Recorder for the County of Alameda; DEAN C.LOGAN, in his official capacity asRegistrar-Recorder/County Clerk for theCounty of Los Angeles, No. 10-16696D.C. No. 3:09-cv-02292-VRW Northern District of California,San Francisco
ORDER CERTIFYING AQUESTION TO THESUPREME COURT OFCALIFORNIA
FILED
JAN 04 2011
MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS
 
1Defendants,andDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH; GAIL J.KNIGHT; MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ;HAK-SHING WILLIAM TAM; MARK A. JANSSON;PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM - YES ON8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIARENEWAL, as official proponents of Proposition 8,Defendants - Intervenors -Appellants.Before: REINHARDT, HAWKINS, and N.R. SMITH, Circuit Judges.Before this panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuitis an appeal concerning the constitutionality under the United States Constitutionof Article I, § 7.5 of the California Constitution (“Proposition 8”). Because wecannot consider this important constitutional question unless the appellants beforeus have standing to raise it, and in light of 
 Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona
, 520 U.S. 43 (1997) (“
 Arizonans
”), it is critical that we be advised of therights under California law of the official proponents of an initiative measure todefend the constitutionality of that measure upon its adoption by the People whenthe state officers charged with the laws’ enforcement, including the Attorney
 
2General, refuse to provide such a defense or appeal a judgment declaring themeasure unconstitutional. As we are aware of no controlling state precedent onthis precise question, we respectfully ask the Supreme Court of California toexercise its discretion to accept and decide the certified question below.
I. Question Certified
Pursuant to Rule 8.548 of the California Rules of Court, we request that theCourt answer the following question:Whether under Article II, Section 8 of the California Constitution, or otherwise under California law, the official proponents of an initiativemeasure possess either a particularized interest in the initiative’s validity or the authority to assert the State’s interest in the initiative’s validity, whichwould enable them to defend the constitutionality of the initiative upon itsadoption or appeal a judgment invalidating the initiative, when the publicofficials charged with that duty refuse to do so.We understand that the Court may reformulate our question, and we agree toaccept and follow the Court’s decision. Cal. R. Ct. 8.548(b)(2), (f)(5).

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