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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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Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

| Friday, February 14, 2014
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.
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.

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

| Friday, February 14, 2014
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.
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.

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

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."
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.

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

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
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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.

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Federal appeals court to fast track challenge to Nevada gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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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.

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

| Monday, February 10, 2014
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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.

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

| Monday, February 3, 2014
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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.

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

| Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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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.

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

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)
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.

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

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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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.

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