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Will 9th Circuit rule to protect marriage?ADF attorneys available for media interviews at oral arguments Monday in lawsuit over California marriage amendment
Friday, December 03, 2010
WHAT: Oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. PST
WHERE: James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 95 Seventh St., Courtroom 1, 3rd Floor, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund who are part of the ProtectMarriage.com legal defense team will be available for media interviews Monday before and after oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The case is on appeal after a federal judge in San Francisco ruled California’s marriage amendment unconstitutional on Aug. 4.
“What’s at stake in this case is bigger than California and bigger even than marriage,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “Americans are concerned about how marriage, voter rights, religious liberty, and other issues will be affected nationwide if this lawsuit is allowed to prevail. As was recently demonstrated on Election Day in Iowa and previously in 31 other states, Americans are tired of activists unhappy with the democratic process who therefore demand the courts conduct a hostile takeover of marriage for them. Americans understand that this lawsuit seeks to impose--through a San Francisco court--an agenda that that country has repeatedly rejected.”
Numerous groups filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th Circuit in September in favor of California’s constitutional amendment, which affirms marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Among the briefs is one filed by 13 state attorneys general.
ADF attorneys are defending California’s amendment together with lead counsel Charles J. Cooper and Andrew Pugno, one of more than 1,800 attorneys in the ADF alliance and general counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, the official proponents and campaign committee of California’s Proposition 8.
On Aug. 16, the 9th Circuit granted a motion filed by the ProtectMarriage.com legal team that asked the court to stay the district court’s decision until the appellate court has time to hear the case. The district judge’s opinion made many unprecedented findings and legal conclusions, including one that calls marriage between a husband and wife “an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage” and another that concludes that “parents’ genders are irrelevant to children’s developmental outcomes.”
- Fact sheet on the case
- Live streaming video of the 9th Circuit oral arguments on C-SPAN
- Commentary from Brian Raum (Human Events, 9/17/2010)
- ADF defense of marriage legal information website
- Pronunciation guide: Raum (RAHM’); Pugno (POON’-yo)
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.