What do 13 States have in common with California? Marriage

More than a dozen states have filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit in support of California's definition of marriage. See the story at here.

Virginia's attorney general's office and Indiana's attorney general's office joined in a brief, along with Michigan and several other states (including Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Alaska, South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and Idaho. The document says the U.S. Constitution does not require marriage to include same-sex couples, and argues that states, and not the federal government, should have the final say regarding the definition and regulation of marriage because a state has a legitimate interest in marriage for the strength of its future citizenry.

One link in particular gives access directly to the Court's records where the PDF files of various briefs filed with the Ninth Circuit can be read. One friend of the court brief discusses the California Marriage vote as implicit to a parent's right to direct the upbringing and education of their children (see here). How children are raised determines the strength of marriage and families in the future.

From friend of the court amici briefs to county briefs from the State of California, Regent graduates and guest lecturers have some form of authorship in nearly every brief. At Regent, family law is about restoring marriage and family to a position of strength that provides the basis for building a strong society. The legal work on the California battle over marriage evidences exactly that. Thirteen states are rising to defend California's family law regulation, understanding that how this federal case on state law goes will have an immediate domino effect on every other state. What do all these states have in common? The understanding that marriage is the foundation of society.

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