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Federal appeals court to fast track challenge to Nevada gay marriage ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A federal appeals court has granted Nevada’s motion to withdraw its support for a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and agreed to expedite the case.

NevadaIn a three-page order, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the motion filed Monday by Attorney General Catherine Corte Masto to withdraw an earlier brief defending Nevada’s constitutional prohibition on gay marriage.

Masto, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval agreed that a recent appeals court ruling extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians made Nevada’s defense of the law no longer tenable.

That ruling in January was issued the same day Nevada filed its initial brief urging the court to uphold the law approved by voters in 2002 that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also says it will consider the case as soon as possible.

“The fact that the government defendants no longer are defending Nevada’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage makes any delay in these loving and committed couples securing the relief they seek particularly intolerable,” said Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Tara Borelli, in a statement. “The wheels of justice are now on a much faster track.”

A lawyer for the eight Nevada gay couples involved in the suit says that means oral arguments could be scheduled as early as this spring.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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13 more reader comments:

  1. Nevada of all places with a gay marriage ban…they have such regard for the SANCTITY of marriage….freaking hypocrites

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:42pm
  2. Actually they aren't fighting it so this is good news

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:45pm
  3. What better way to honor the sanctity of marriage than to get drunk and marry a hooker at a casino!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:54pm
  4. Fuck this state lets move to California

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:04pm
  5. Nevada the state where you can have four wives but they won’t let the LGBTQ people get married that is not fair and like I said before these people should have the right to get married just straight people and this state will let probably Cody marry another woman and that is just wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:40pm
  6. Shit, if they allow it I know I’ll leave married next time I’m there. Been waiting for Oregon but I’m really liking this idea!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:32am
  7. People need equality in all things!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:31am
  8. let me get out of here. Im in reno now. oh damn.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:38am
  9. The faster the better! GO NEVADA!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:13am
  10. Way to go Nevada and congrats to the Attorney General and the Governor !

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:00am
  11. I hope that the repeal bill in the legislature still pushes through… I bet the people of Nevada wants to repeal that bullshit of a law!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:28am
  12. BIGOTS lose another battle!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:03pm
  13. The fact they ever had a ban is what disgusts me.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:44pm