Carson City ends opposition in gay marriage suit

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Updated: 1/28/2014 2:36 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Carson City is withdrawing its opposition to a lawsuit challenging Nevada's gay marriage ban.

District Attorney Neil Rombardo cites last week's ruling by a federal appeals court that said it is unconstitutional to exclude jurors because of sexual orientation.

Rombardo says the ruling in that case was a "game changer" and that Carson City's objections are no longer warranted.

State Attorney General Catherine Corte Masto is also reconsidering whether to defend the state in the appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Masto says the state's brief filed Jan. 21 defending Nevada's constitutional prohibition against same sex marriage is likely "no longer tenable."

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