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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 clerks won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- After a day of on-again, off-again developments, the county clerk at the busy Las Vegas marriage bureau has decided against issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Clark County Clerk Diana Alba said late Wednesday afternoon she didn't know when she and other county clerks in the state would be able to begin issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.

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Group asks Supreme Court to reinstate block on Nevada same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
LAS VEGAS -- A group fighting to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a short-lived ruling that blocked weddings from taking place.

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Kennedy allows same-sex marriage to commence in Nevada

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Nevada
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has allowed same-sex marriage to begin in Nevada, clarifying that an earlier order blocking gay unions applies only to Idaho. Kennedy said in a brief order issued Wednesday afternoon that he is temporarily putting on hold same-sex marriage in Idaho, where state officials have asked ...

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Same-sex marriages on hold in Nevada after Supreme Court justice issues stay

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Same-sex couples are being told not to line up Wednesday at the marriage bureau in Las Vegas, after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada. Clark County Clerk Diane Alba tells The Associated Press it's clear at least for now that she can't issue gender-neutral marriage licenses in the self-proclaimed...

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Kennedy orders temporary stay in Idaho, Nevada same-sex marriage rulings

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy's order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the state said that state and...

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‘Wedding capital’ Las Vegas to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Las-Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Gay rights groups celebrated Tuesday and county clerks began making plans to for a burst of marriage applications after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In Las Vegas, the self-described "wedding capital," the county-run marriage license bureau set a 2 p.m. Wednesday...

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Nevada state senator proposes after same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Kelvin Atkinson
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Democratic state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson says he proposed to his partner immediately after hearing that an appeals court had overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Atkinson said he called his partner, Sherwood Howard, on Tuesday afternoon to break the news about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling...

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Ninth Circuit strikes down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional ...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Federal appeals court hears arguments over impact of same-sex marriage

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Attorney Deborah Ferguson, left, presents arguments against the gay marriage ban in Idaho at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A debate over whether children would be harmed or helped by legalizing same-sex marriage was the main focus when a federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the issue of the constitutionality of gay marriage. The three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - two of whom have ruled in previous cases in favor of gay rights...

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