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Sevcik v. Sandoval

Sevcik v. Sandoval is a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on behalf of eight same-sex Nevada couples arguing that Nevada’s constitutional ban on marriage equality violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Plainitffs argue that Nevada’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, while relegating them to the second-class status of domestic partnership, violates their right to equal treatment under the U.S. Constitution. [ Case files. ]

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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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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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Two years after overturning Prop 8, gay marriage back before the Ninth Circuit

Monday, September 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates rally outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on February 7, 2012, moment before hearing that the court upheld a District Court ruling that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.
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. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans in more than...

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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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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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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UPDATE: Appeals court delays arguments in challenge to Nev. gay marriage ban

Monday, March 10, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has postponed oral arguments on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban just hours after it had set the hearing for April 9.

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Las-Vegas
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
Nevada
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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