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Hausfeld LLP Files Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit Proposition 8 Case


Hausfeld LLP, the global claimants firm, has filed an amicus curiae brief in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, et. al. (U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 10-16696), the Ninth Circuit appeal of the Northern District of California decision which held that Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that denied same-sex couples the right to marry, was unconstitutional. Hausfeld LLP filed the brief as part of its commitment to provide pro bono legal services in cases with substantial social and legal importance and to advance the cause of human and civil rights.

Hausfeld LLP filed its brief on behalf of the California Teachers Association, an organization consisting of over 300,000 members and one of the most influential advocates for educators in California and the United States, to challenge the contention by Prop. 8 proponents that California law requires its public schools to teach students moral values concerning same sex-marriage.

Arthur Bailey, Jr., one of the brief’s authors, stated that “Prop. 8 is contrary to Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of equal protection for all people under the law. No one can fairly say that California has a legitimate interest in perpetuating discrimination against gays and lesbians—discrimination that is widely recognized as a cause of bullying and harassment in our public schools.” Prop. 8 undermines important state and federal interests in protecting gay and lesbian children from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and in fostering a truly tolerant educational environment for all students."

Please click here to view a copy of the brief. 


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