Nevada is the 36th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864. Its most populous city is Las Vegas, and the state capitol is located in Carson City.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2000 and 2002. (The Nevada Constitution requires two ballot votes for citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.) The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in a federal appeals court. The case is Sevcik v. Sandoval.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

Sunday, April 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS --- The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. [ Read more → ]

Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

Friday, April 11, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform. [ Read more → ]

Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]

UPDATE: Appeals court delays arguments in challenge to Nev. gay marriage ban

Monday, March 10, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has postponed oral arguments on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban just hours after it had set the hearing for April 9. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
Samantha Clemens, Las Vegas Review-Journal (AP)Tod Story, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, gives remarks at the podium during the launch of Freedom Nevada on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Las Vegas. The campaign aims to ensure passage of an expected 2016 ballot measure that would amend the Nevada Constitution to recognize all marriages.

Gay rights advocates launch ‘Freedom Nevada’ push to repeal gay marriage ban

Friday, February 14, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- Several same-sex couples helped a coalition of advocacy groups in Nevada put a face on what they called marriage equality on Thursday, launching a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the state constitution to allow same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."

Nevada’s decision not to defend gay marriage ban creates uncertainty

Thursday, February 13, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight alone before a federal appeals court. [ Read more → ]

Groups organizing ballot push to repeal Nevada same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS — Several groups are organizing a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the Nevada constitution to allow same-sex marriages, while a federal court prepares to hear a legal challenge against the state's constitutional ban. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Nevada says it will no longer defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In an about-face, Nevada has decided against defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the latest step in a series of battles being waged across the nation on the volatile issue. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]

Carson City ends opposition in challenge to Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Carson City is withdrawing its opposition to a lawsuit challenging Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage, citing a recent ruling from a federal appeals court. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)

Nevada AG re-evaluates defense of state’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, January 26, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says she's re-evaluating the state's defense of its ban on same-sex marriage after a new ruling by a federal appeals court. [ Read more → ]

Nevada: State’s same-sex marriage ban serves a ‘legitimate purpose’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The state of Nevada on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it serves the "legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage" and is entrenched in the state's history. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photoAndrew Martin (left) and Dana Barooshian.

Nevada assemblyman marries longtime partner in D.C.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin says he married his longtime domestic partner over the weekend in Washington, D.C. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

Nevada GOP senator to support ENDA, giving bill 60 votes in U.S. Senate

Monday, November 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Martha Coakley

Mass. AG leads coalition of states in court filing to support marriage equality

Saturday, October 26, 2013
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal appeals Nev. same-sex marriage ban to Ninth Circuit

Friday, October 18, 2013
Lambda Legal on Friday filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging the amendment to Nevada's constitution and other state laws banning marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Nev. may allow transgender students to select teams based on gender identity

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA), the state's governing body of high school athletics and activities, is considering allowing transgender students the right to choose whether to participate on either male or female school teams based on their gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Court: Surrogate mom can seek parental rights following breakup with partner

Thursday, October 3, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A lesbian woman who gave birth to a child conceived from a fertilized egg provided by her companion can argue for parental rights in the wake of the couple's breakup, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Retired Methodist ministers say they’ll break Church rules and perform gay weddings

Saturday, July 27, 2013
RENO, Nev. — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church's rules regarding same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court rejects appeals in gay rights cases from Ariz., Nev.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay marriage advocates marked another victory Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected appeals from Arizona and Nevada involving the rights of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Nevada state Assembly approves same-sex marriage resolution

Thursday, May 23, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State. [ Read more → ]

Nevada governor signs transgender hate crimes bill

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Crimes that target transgender person because of their sexual identity now carry an extra penalty in Nevada. [ Read more → ]

Nevada Assembly panel advances bill to repeal ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 16, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A resolution to abolish Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage has passed an Assembly committee. [ Read more → ]
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