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Ohio AG Motion to Dismiss

Ohio AG Motion to Dismiss

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO
STATE
ex rel.
, OHIO CAMPAIGN TOPROTECT MARRIAGE,
et al.
,Relators,v.OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAELD
E
WINE,
et al.
,Respondents.
:::::::::::
Case No. 2012-0592Original Action under Art. II, Sec. 1g of the Ohio Constitution
MOTION TO DISMISS OF RESPONDENTOHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL D
E
WINE
DAVID R. LANGDON (0067046)
Counsel of Record 
 JOSHUA B. BOLINGER (0079594)L
ANGDON
L
AW
LLC11175 Reading Rd., Ste. 104Cincinnati, Ohio 45241T: (513) 577-7380; F: (513) 577-7383dlangdon@langdonlaw.comJAMES A. CAMPBELL (0081501)A
LLIANCE
D
EFENSE
F
UND
 15100 N. 90th St.Scottsdale, Arizona 85260T: (480) 444-0020; F: (480) 444-0028 jcampbell@telladf.ord
Counsel for Relators
MICHAEL D
E
WINE (0009181)Ohio Attorney GeneralDAMIAN W. SIKORA (0075224)
Counsel of Record 
ERIN BUTCHER-LYDEN (0087278)Assistant Attorneys GeneralConstitutional Offices Section30 E. Broad Street, 16th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215T: (614) 466-2872; F: (614) 728-7592damian.sikora@ohioattorneygeneral.goverin.butcher-lyden@ohioattorneygeneral.gov
Counsel for Respondent Ohio AttorneyGeneral Michael DeWine
 
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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO
STATE
ex rel.
, OHIO CAMPAIGN TOPROTECT MARRIAGE,
et al.
,Relators,v.OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAELD
E
WINE,
et al.
,Respondents.
:::::::::::
Case No. 2012-0592Original Action under Art. II, Sec. 1g of the Ohio Constitution
MOTION TO DISMISS OF RESPONDENTOHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL D
E
WINE
Pursuant to Sup. Ct. Prac. R. 10.5, Ohio Civ. Rule 12(B)(1) and 12(B)(6), RespondentOhio Attorney General Michael DeWine respectfully asks this Court to dismiss Relators’original action. A memorandum in support is attached.Respectfully submitted,MICHAEL D
E
WINE (0009181)Ohio Attorney GeneralDAMIAN W. SIKORA (0075224)
Counsel of Record 
ERIN BUTCHER-LYDEN (0087278)Assistant Attorneys GeneralConstitutional Offices Section30 E. Broad Street, 16th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215(614) 466-2872; (614) 728-7592 – Faxdamian.sikora@ohioattorneygeneral.goverin.butcher-lyden@ohioattorneygeneral.gov
Counsel for Respondent Ohio AttorneyGeneral Michael DeWine
 
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT’S MOTION TO DISMISSI. INTRODUCTION
This action presents a challenge to the Attorney General’s decision to certify thesummary language of a proposed initiative petition. The Attorney General performs thisministerial function pursuant to the mandate of R.C. 3519.01(A) and this Honorable Court has noconstitutional authority to review the correctness of his certification decision. Therefore, thecomplaint should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. In the alternative, Relators’ complaintfails to state a claim for which this Court can grant it relief.
II. STATEMENT OF FACTS
Pursuant to R.C. 3519.01, when a group seeks to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, the first step in the process is to submit one thousand signatures and a summary of the proposed amendment to the Ohio Attorney General for review. The Ohio Attorney General isthen obligated to review that summary language to determine whether it is a fair and truthfulsummary of the proposed amendment. R.C. 3519.01. This case arises out of a proposed initiative petition filed with the Ohio Attorney General by a group that seeks to place a constitutionalamendment on the ballot to repeal Section 11, Article IV of the Ohio Constitution and replace itwith the so-called “Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment.” Compl., ¶¶ 8, 9.As required by statute, the submission included a summary of the language in the proposedamendment.
 Id.
 On April 3, 2012, pursuant to his responsibilities in R.C. 3519.01, Attorney GeneralDeWine issued a letter certifying that the language summarizing the proposed initiative was afair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment.
 Id.
at ¶¶ 6, 11. Hisdecision to certify the summary language does not in any way indicate whether the Attorney

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