Hollingsworth v. Perry

Supreme Court of the United States Case No. 12-144

Argued March 26, 2013, CFI joined a coalition of secular and humanist organizations, led by our ally the American Humanist Association, in filing an amicus brief.

We argue that California’s “Proposition 8,” in which a voter-initiative reversed a state court decision allowing same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.

We argue marriage is a fundamental personal right under the Constitution’s protection of life and liberty, therefore, the government cannot restrict who can marry whom without a compelling reason which is accomplished by means narrowly tailored to achieve those reasons. The defense argues that protecting the historic heterosexual nature of marriage and raising children are valid reasons.