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USA, Nevada: GOP Drops Opposition to Marriage Equality

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Nevada mapThe Nevada GOP just voted to drop opposition to abortion and marriage equality from its party platform.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion.

Is it a fluke, or are conservatives slowly moving to support marriage equality? Will we see this replicated in other states in time for 2016?

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USA, Nevada: County GOP Party Removes “Traditional Marriage” Plank from Platform

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Nevada mapIn a small but significant step, the local Clark County republican party made a big change to its platform.

On Top Magazine reports:

The Clark County, Nevada Republican Party has voted to remove language from its platform defining marriage as “between a man and a woman.” The change was overwhelmingly approved Saturday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Another change is the addition of “sexual orientation” to a nondiscrimination clause. “We’re supposed to be a party that believes in the right to make personal decisions,” Nick Phillips, the party’s political director told the paper.

The cracks in the facade are spreading on the right…

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

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USA, Nevada: Arguments Scheduled, Postponed for Marriage Equality Case at 9th Circuit

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Nevada mapThe Ninth Circuit also set a date – April 9th, to hear the Nevada marriage equality case.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments early next month on the challenge to Nevada’s gay marriage ban, just days before another circuit considers other same-sex marriage prohibitions in Utah and Oklahoma. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Monday it will hear arguments April 9, making the Nevada case the first in the nation to be argued at the appellate court level since last year’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to Lambda Legal, a gay rights advocacy group.

But not so fast – the Court then delayed the hearing:

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. An order issued late Monday said arguments to be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco would be rescheduled. No date was given.

What’s going on with this case at the Ninth Circuit?

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USA, Nevada: Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative in 2016?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Nevada mapA new group has formed to get marriage equality on the ballot in Nevada in 2016.

Pink News reports:

A coalition of groups advocating for same-sex marriage in the US state of Nevada was launched this week, in order to push for a measure to legalise it in the state. Freedom Nevada was launched to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It hopes to ensure that a ballot measure in order to allow Nevada residents to approve same-sex marriage, is included in 2016, as expected. The launch also comes just days after the state admitted defeat and said it would not continue to defend its ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Which will bring marriage equality to Nevada first, the lawsuit or the ballot initiative?

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USA, Nevada: Ninth Circuit Grants Expedited Hearing in Marriage Equality Case

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Nevada mapNow 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.

SDGLN reports:

“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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USA, Nevada: Attorney General Gives Up Fight Against Marriage Equality

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez MastoNevada’s AG has given up the fight to keep the state’s ban on gay marriage, with the Governor’s blessing.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, in a motion filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, said Nevada’s legal arguments in defense of the voter-approved prohibition are no longer viable in light of the court’s recent ruling that said potential jurors cannot be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation. “After thoughtful review and analysis, the state has determined that its arguments grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable,” Masto said in a statement.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican seeking re-election this year, said he agreed with the attorney general’s action. “Based upon the advice of the attorney general’s office and their interpretation of relevant case law, it has become clear that this case is no longer defensible in court,” Sandoval said in an email to The Associated Press.

So what happens now? Do we get marriage equality in Nevada right away? Or does someone else step in to full the gap?

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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USA, Hawaii/Nevada: Fourteen States File Brief for Marriage Equality

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsMassachusetts AG Martha Coakley is leading a coalition of states that’s filing a brief urging the courts to bring marriage equality to Hawaii and Nevada.

Boston.com reports:

Coakley is leading a coalition of states in filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the laws violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be struck down. Coakley said the experience in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry only strengthens the institution of marriage. Coakley led the filing of the amicus brief on behalf of Massachusetts and 13 other states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Both cases are reaching the appeals stage at the same time.

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USA, Nevada: Lambda Legal Files Appeal in Marriage Equality Case

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Nevada mapState of Nevada is moving up the line to become one of the next states have marriage equality.

SDGLN reports:

Lambda Legal today filed its opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case on behalf of eight same-gender couples challenging the amendment to Nevada’s constitution and other state laws banning marriage for gay and lesbian couples. “The world has changed dramatically since we filed this lawsuit over a year ago,” said Tara Borelli, staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s Western Regional Office. “After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Section 3 of DOMA, Nevada’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples has become exponentially more harmful to same-sex couples who are barred from a sweeping array of federal benefits as well.”

It looks like the marriage equality lawsuits are outpacing the ballot initiatives in a number of states.

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