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Appeals court to hear challenge to Nevada same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 30, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court says it will consider Nevada’s gay marriage ban on Sept. 8.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has scheduled 20 minutes of oral arguments in the case of Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval. The court will also hear arguments that morning over similar cases in Idaho and Hawaii.

The challenge was brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex couples, who argue that Nevada’s voter-approved 2002 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

A federal judge in Reno upheld the law in 2012, sending it to the appeals court. In February, state lawyers withdrew their defense of the law, leaving the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to argue it alone.

Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Follow this case: Sevcik v. Sandoval.

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