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

| Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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
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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