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Nevada

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 officials say there’s no need for court to re-hear gay marriage case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Brian-Sandoval
LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court should reject a request by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage for a full-court rehearing of a landmark decision allowing gay marriage in Nevada, the state’s governor and an advocacy group representing eight same-sex couples said. In strongly worded filings submitted on [...]

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Nevada Republican loses bid to be first openly transgender state lawmaker

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. -- A Nevada Republican has failed in a bid to become the first openly transgender state lawmaker in the U.S. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle defeated Lauren Scott by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin to win re-election Tuesday. [...]

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Transgender Republican candidate makes bid for Nevada state Assembly

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. — A Nevada Republican is trying to unseat an incumbent Democratic assemblyman in a blue-collar district in Sparks to become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature. Lauren Scott used to be a Democrat who worked on Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and [...]

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Nevada officials oppose rehearing of same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.)
LAS VEGAS -- Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada will oppose an effort by opponents of same-sex marriages to get the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments to reinstate a ban on on same-sex marriage in the Silver State. [...]

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Nevada issues 255 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in first week

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Cathy Grimes kisses her partner Tara Traynor while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- Of the 2,344 couples who lined up at marriage license bureaus across the state in the seven days after courts put an end to the state's gay marriage ban, about 255 were same-sex couples. The figures were based on polling by The Associated Press of each county [...]

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Elvis, other Las Vegas wedding chapels refuse to marry same-sex couples

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada, a number of Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, despite a state public accommodations law that prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. [...]

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court [...]

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Las Vegas visitors bureau celebrates marriage equality with national campaign

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is celebrating marriage equality in Nevada, with a new full page ad appearing in USA Today, hoping to attract same-sex couples to the self-proclaimed “wedding capital of the world.” [...]

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Nevada gay marriage opponents ask for full 9th Circuit Court hearing

Monday, October 13, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
LAS VEGAS -- A group that couldn't convince three federal appeals judges that Nevada's state law banning same-sex marriage was constitutional is asking the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed documents Monday claiming bias by the three-judge panel [...]

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Nevada lawmaker, partner become first same-sex couple married in Las Vegas

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sherwood Howard, left, kisses partner Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson after they got a marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada state lawmaker has married his partner, becoming the first same-sex couple married in Las Vegas. State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson wed Sherwood Howard shortly after gay couples began receiving marriage licenses in the wedding capital of the world. [...]

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