Bourke v. Beshear: Amicus Curiae Briefs

In the Bourke v. Beshear appeal before the Sixth Circuit, June 16, 2014 was the final filing deadline for briefs of amicus curiae, a fancy Latin way to say "friend of the court." Amicus briefs can be filed by outside parties with some kind of interest in a federal court case. Cases with large social impacts tend to draw large numbers of amici.

Bourke v. Beshear, like similar cases from Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee now before the Sixth Circuit, is such a case. A very large number of outside parties with very diverse interests and perspectives have filed amicus briefs in Bourke, both opposed to Kentucky's marriage laws and in support.

If you have four or five days to kill, you can read all of them. They're available for download below.

Briefs in Support of Defendant-Appellant Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

Briefs in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees Gregory Bourke, et al.

In all, thirty-one amicus briefs were filed by dozens of groups or individuals in the case of Bourke v. Beshear. Perhaps if the lengthy briefs filed by Governor Beshear and the same-sex couples in the case weren't enough, the Sixth Circuit now has plenty of additional reading to do.

(Disclosure: I am co-counsel for Plaintiffs-Appellees in Bourke.)