Now that the state has stopped defending its ban on marriage equality, the Ninth Circuit agreed to let the state leave the case, and branded an expedited hearing.
“The fact that the government defendants no longer are defending Nevada’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage makes any delay in these loving and committed couples securing the relief they seek particularly intolerable. The wheels of justice are now on a much faster track,” said Tara Borelli, Lambda Legal senior attorney… The withdrawal of the two government defendants leaves only the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, which the U.S. District Court had allowed to intervene, defending the marriage ban.
How expedited? LGBTQ Nation reports:
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also says it will consider the case as soon as possible… A lawyer for the eight Nevada gay couples involved in the suit says that means oral arguments could be scheduled as early as this spring.
Arguments at the ninth circuit in the UT and OK cases are also due this spring, on April 10th and April 17th, respectively. Will any of these cases reach the US Supreme Court in the Fall?
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