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Brewer v. Diaz

Petition for certiorari denied on June 27, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-23 9th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: Whether the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ignored this Court’s precedent and erred in holding that Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Section 38-651(O) (Section O) violates the Equal Protection Clause by limiting healthcare benefits to state employees’ spouses and dependents – and thus not extending such benefits to state employees’ domestic partners – given that a) Section O is facially neutral and there is no evidence that the Legislature intended to discriminate based on sexual orientation; b) Section O furthers the State’s interests in promoting marriage while also eliminating the additional expense and administrative burdens involved in providing healthcare benefits to state employees’ domestic partners; and c) the court’s reason for finding that Section O discriminates against gay and lesbian state employees was that Arizona prohibits same-sex marriage.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 2 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 6, 2012)
Jul 13 2012Order extending time to file response to petition to and including August 20, 2012.
Jul 25 2012Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondents.
Aug 3 2012Brief amicus curiae of Center for Arizona Policy filed.
Aug 6 2012Brief amici curiae of Indiana, et al. filed.
Aug 6 2012Brief amicus curiae of Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund filed.
Aug 20 2012Brief of respondents Joseph R. Diaz, et al. in opposition filed.
Aug 31 2012Reply of petitioners Janice K. Brewer, Governor of Arizona, et al. filed.
Sep 5 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 24, 2012.
Oct 29 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 20, 2012.
Nov 13 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 30, 2012.
Dec 3 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 7, 2012.
Jun 25 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 26, 2013.
Jun 27 2013Petition DENIED.