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New Nevada Marriage Equality Group

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Freedom NevadaThere’s a new Nevada marriage equality group, and they are pushing for same sex marriage in the state within two years.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

Freedom Nevada, a nonprofit coalition, this month formed a statewide 20-member advisory committee that includes lawmakers, attorneys, religious organizations and equal opportunity organizations, among others. “People have a fundamental right to form families,” said Bishop Dan T. Edwards with the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, which has taken “heat” for its position of this issue. “This is a matter of civil rights when it comes to state law.”

They plan a 2016 referendum on marriage equality. Will the US Supreme Court beat them to the punch?

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Which US States Are Likely To Move Ahead On Marriage Equality This Summer

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

USA MapOur friend Matt Baume speculates on which states will next see movement toward marriage equality.

The Huffington Post reports:

Texas, Nevada, Michigan and Idaho: All four are poised to make major strides toward the freedom to marry this summer. Last week multiple courts announced schedules for court dates in all four states.

The first one to watch is Texas, where briefings are due in early July. That state’s marriage-equality ban has already been declared unconstitutional, but now we have to wait for an appeal to work its way through the system. And in Michigan a court has just slated oral arguments for early August.

Then there’s Nevada, where the situation has been growing steadily more complicated: First a judge upheld a marriage-equality ban, but then an appeals court issued a ruling in a completely separate case that changes the way the courts would have to examine anti-gay laws. That, coupled with the attorney general’s decision not to defend the ban, means that the law has a good chance of being overturned on appeal. Oral argument in that case has just been scheduled for September.

Which state do you think will be next to move into the marriage equality column?

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Nevada Marriage Equality Lawsuit Will Finally be Heard at Ninth Circuit

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Ninth Circuit, San Francisco - Apple MaosThe Ninth Circuit will finally hear the Nevada marriage equality case, which has been on hold since 2012.

Equality on Trial reports:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Sevcik v. Sandoval, Lambda Legal’s challenge to Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban, to be placed on their argument calendar. The case will be argued some time in September, though the order doesn’t specify an exact date. Last night, the plaintiffs filed a request with the appeals court to schedule their case no later than a separate challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban. The Nevada case has been on appeal in the Ninth Circuit since December 2012, while the Idaho appeal was only docketed a couple of weeks ago.

Why the long delay in Nevada? The Idaho case, which was just decided recently by a Federal judge, has already been scheduled.

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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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