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Published by Kathleen Perrin
Amicus Brief of Lambda Legal, ACLU Northern California,
National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality California in Opposition to vacating judgment. Filed 5/13/2011
Amicus Brief of Lambda Legal, ACLU Northern California,
National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality California in Opposition to vacating judgment. Filed 5/13/2011

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CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
 
12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728JON W. DAVIDSON (SBN 89301) jdavidson@lambdalegal.orgTARA BORELLI (SBN 216961)tborelli@lambdalegal.orgPETER C. RENN (SBN 247633)prenn@lambdalegal.orgLAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, INC.3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1300Los Angeles, CA 90010T: (213) 382-7600/F: (213) 351-6050ALAN L. SCHLOSSER (SBN 49957)aschlosser@aclunc.orgELIZABETH O. GILL (SBN 218311)egill@aclunc.orgACLU FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA39 Drumm StreetSan Francisco, CA 94111T: (415) 621-2493/F: (415) 255-8437SHANNON P. MINTER (SBN 168907)sminter@nclrights.orgCHRISTOPHER F. STOLL (SBN 179046)cstoll@nclrights.orgILONA M. TURNER (SBN 256219)iturner@nclrights.orgNATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS870 Market Street, Suite 370San Francisco, CA 94102T: (415) 392-6257/F: (415) 392-8442
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KRISTIN M. PERRY,
et al.
,Plaintiffs,andCITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO,Plaintiff-Intervenor,v.EDMUND G. BROWN, JR.,
et al.
,Defendants,andPROPOSITION 8 OFFICIAL PROPONENTSDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH,
et al.
,Defendant-Intervenors.CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW
BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
LAMBDALEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONFUND, INC., ACLU FOUNDATION OFNORTHERN CALIFORNIA, NATIONALCENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, ANDEQUALITY CALIFORNIA IN OPPOSITIONTO PROPONENTS’ MOTION TO VACATEJUDGMENT
Judge: Chief Judge WareCourtroom: Courtroom 5, 17th Floor
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CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ...................................................................................................................... iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ............................................................................................................... iiI. INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 1II. ARGUMENT ................................................................................................................................. 2A.
 
Rulings on Broad Constitutional Questions Affect Large Segments of the Public
 
and Therefore Cannot Constitute a Basis For Recusal. .................................................... 2B.
 
Recusal on the Basis of Sexual Orientation Is Neither Required Nor Permitted ............. 41.
 
Exclusion on the Basis of a Same-Sex Relationship Is the Same as Exclusionon the Basis of Sexual Orientation. .............................................................................. 42.
 
Sexual Orientation Is Unrelated to One’s Ability to Judge Impartially. ...................... 63.
 
Recusal Based on Sexual Orientation Undermines, Rather Than Promotes,Public Confidence in an Unbiased Judiciary. .............................................................. 7III. CONCLUSION .............................................................................................................................. 8
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 AMICI CURIAE 
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESCASES
 
 Blank v. Sullivan & Cromwell
 418 F. Supp. 1 (S.D.N.Y. 1975) .................................................................................................. 1, 5
 Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic
 506 U.S. 263 (1993) ........................................................................................................................ 5
Christian Legal Soc’y v. Martinez
 561 U.S. --, 130 S. Ct. 2971 (2010) ................................................................................................ 5
 In re Houston
 745 F.2d 925 (5th Cir. 1984) ........................................................................................................... 2
 Irizarry v. Bd. of Educ.
 251 F.3d 604 (7th Cir. 2001) ........................................................................................................... 3
 Johnson v. California
 543 U.S. 499 (2005) ........................................................................................................................ 3
Kaufman v. McCaughtry
 419 F.3d 678 (7th Cir. 2005) ........................................................................................................... 3
 Lawrence v. Texas
 539 U.S. 558 (2003) ........................................................................................................................ 4
 Li v. Oregon
 338 Ore. 376 (2004) ........................................................................................................................ 6
 MacDraw, Inc. v. CIT Group Equipment Financing, Inc.
 138 F.3d 33 (2d Cir. 1998) .............................................................................................................. 5
 Melendres v. Arpaio
 No. CV-07-2513-PHX-MHM, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65069 (D. Ariz. Jul. 15, 2009)......... 3, 4, 5
 Mississippi Univ. for Women v. Hogan
 458 U.S. 718 (1982) ........................................................................................................................ 3
Ortiz v. Stewart 
 149 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 1998) ....................................................................................................... 2, 6
Pennsylvania v. Local Union 542
 388 F. Supp. 163 (E.D. Pa. 1974) ................................................................................................... 4
Perry v. Schwarzenegger 
 704 F. Supp. 2d 921 (N.D. Cal. 2010) ............................................................................................ 3
Singer v. Wadman
 745 F.2d 606 (10th Cir. 1984) ......................................................................................................... 5
United States v. Alabama
 828 F.2d 1532 (11th Cir. 1987) ....................................................................................................... 2
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