Perry v. SchwarzeneggerBy Chris Gacek Senior Fellow for Regulatory Policy
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KRISTIN M. PERRY, SANDRA B. STIER,
PAUL T. KATAMI, AND JEFFREY J. ZARILLO,
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, in his official capacity as Governor of California; EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., in his official capacity as Attorney General of California; MARK B. HORTON, in his official capacity as Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Registrar of Vital Statistics; LINETTE SCOTT, in her official capacity as Deputy Director of Health Information & Strategic Planning for the California Department of Public Health; PATRICK O'CONNELL, in his official capacity as Clerk-Recorder for the County of Alameda; and DEAN C. LOGAN, in his official capacity as Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for the County of Los Angeles, Defendants.
PROPOSITION 8 OFFICIAL PROPONENTS
DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J. KNIGHT,
MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, HAK-SHING
WILLIAM TAM, and MARK A JANSSON; and
PROTECT MARRIAGE.COM-YES ON 8, A
PROJECT OF CALIFORNIA RENEWAL,
Case No. 09-CV-2292 VRW
PRE-TRIAL BRIEF OF THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL
AS AMICUS CURIAE, IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS-INTERVENORS
Date and Time of Hearing:
To Be Determined by the Court Judge: Chief Judge Walker
Location: Courtroom 6, 17th Floor
The Family Research Council (FRC) was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy. Through books, pamphlets, media appearances, public events, debates and testimony, FRC's team of experienced policy experts review data and analyze proposals that affect family law in policy in Congress and in the executive branch. FRC also strives to assure that the unique attributes of the family are recognized and respected through the decisions of the courts and regulatory bodies.
FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue and the wellspring of society. FRC helps to shape public debate and formulate public policies that value human life and uphold the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free and stable society. Consistent with its mission statement, FRC is committed to strengthening traditional families in America and advocates continuously on behalf of policies designed to accomplish that goal.
FRC has actively supported efforts to amend state constitutions to protect the traditional understanding of marriage as a relationship that can exist only between a man and a woman. FRC lent support and assistance to the successful effort to adopt Proposition 8, the constitutionality of which is the subject of the present lawsuit, as well as similar amendments in other States. FRC, therefore, has a particular interest in the outcome of this case. FRC also played an instrumental role in securing passage of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the constitutionality of which would be called into question by a decision of this Court declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional on federal constitutional grounds.
FRC's judgment, recognition of same-sex marriagesý"either by state legislators or by the courtsý"would be detrimental to the institution of marriage, to children and to society as a whole. Moreover, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying brief, FRC submits that such recognition is not compelled by a proper understanding and principled interpretation of the Constitution.