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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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Las Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Braden Mars, left, dances with Anthony Martinez at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas early in the morning on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Liaison Nightclub, which opened in 2014, is the first gay club inside of a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS -- While same-sex couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a...

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court will hear arguments Wednesday in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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Nevada revises foster care regulations to remove exclusion of people with HIV

| Friday, August 1, 2014
Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) on Thursday revised its regulations concerning licensing prospective foster parents to remove a requirement that foster parents be free of a list of communicable diseases that included HIV.

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

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

| Monday, June 30, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
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.

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Ninth Circuit denies ‘en banc’ review of ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling for gays

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a three-judge panel which stated that gays and lesbians could not be excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation, a ruling that for the first time applied "heightened scrutiny" to a case involving LGBT issues.

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Transgender candidate for Nev. state Assembly wins GOP primary

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. -- A transgender woman seeking a seat in the Nevada state Assembly won her Republican primary this week, and if elected in November, could become the nation’s first openly transgender state legislator. Lauren Scott, co-founder and executive director of Equality Nevada, won the GOP nomination to represent Nevada’s 30th District.

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

| Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval in Nevada.

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Investigation: Nevada middle school shooter bullied, tormented, called ‘gay’

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Jose Reyes
SPARKS, Nev. -- In less than 10 minutes after his mother dropped him off at school on the morning of Oct. 21, 2013, seventh-grader Jose Reyes and a popular middle school teacher lay on the school yard, dead from gunshot wounds. Two classmates were wounded and a school was in panic.

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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
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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.

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