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Welch v. Brown

Petition for certiorari denied on May 1, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-845 9th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether a state may bar ministers from inculcating or encouraging certain religious values in youth, when those ministers are also licensed by the state as mental health providers; (2) whether repeated references by a legislature to religious motivations, prayer, spiritual interventions, and religious conversion as a cause for governmental concern are of no religion clause significance, so long as the legislature identifies an additional secular concern; (3) whether facial neutrality shields from strict scrutiny a regulation that directly or indirectly restricts religious practices; and (4) whether minors' rights to privacy, autonomy and self-definition are violated by a state's determination that they may only seek to reduce same-sex attraction on their own or with the assistance of unlicensed individuals, and they may not seek professional help to do so.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 3 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 6, 2017)
Jan 18 2017Waiver of right of respondents Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California, et al. to respond filed.
Jan 25 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 17, 2017.
Jan 31 2017Response Requested . (Due March 2, 2017)
Mar 2 2017Brief of respondents Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California, et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 2 2017Brief amici curiae of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, et al. filed.
Mar 22 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 13, 2017.
Apr 11 2017Rescheduled.
Apr 17 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 21, 2017.
Apr 19 2017Rescheduled.
Apr 24 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 28, 2017.
May 1 2017Petition DENIED.