Nevada, USA: Federal District Court Upholds State’s Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on November 29th, 2012

nevada, district court, gay marriage, marriage equality, same sex marriage, ruling, banThe federal District Court of Nevada has denied a challenge made by eight gay couples to that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In its opinion, the Court writes:

This case arises out of the refusal of the State of Nevada to permit same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages, as well as its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in nother states as “marriages” under Nevada law.

The question before the Court is not the wisdom of providing for or recognizing same-sex marriages as a matter of policy but whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the People of the State of Nevada from maintaining statutes that reserve the institution of civil marriage to one-man-one-woman relationships or from amending their state constitution to prohibit the State from recognizing marriages formed in other states as “marriages” under Nevada law if those marriages do not conform to Nevada’s one-man-one-woman civil marriage institution.

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