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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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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 decision last week that effectively legalized same-sex marriage ...

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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 that last week invalidated...

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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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Nevada begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- A dizzying legal wrangle is over in the wedding capital of the world as same-sex couples began receiving marriage licenses in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities on Thursday afternoon. Same-sex couples cheered at the marriage license bureau in Las Vegas as frustration gave way to elation and the first licenses were issued.

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Federal appeals court again declares same-sex couples can marry in Nevada

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A group that fought to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage is dropping its appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and a lower court, clearing the way for gay couples to marry.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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U.S. Supreme Court says it erred in halting Nevada same-sex marriages

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy's order issued a day earlier...

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Day of legal confusion leaves same-sex couples in limbo in Idaho, Nevada

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rachael Beierle, left, calls family to tell them she and Amber Beierle, right, will not be able to get married today at the the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada.
Confusion and uncertainty over gay marriage spread Wednesday as couples in Las Vegas wondered whether they'd be allowed to wed, and partners in Idaho dealt with disappointment after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocked them moments before they would have picked up marriage licenses.

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