Many legal twists in Nevada gay marriage case

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Updated: 2/11 2:33 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on gay marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight before a federal appeals court.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday her office will not defend a voter-approved amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Legal experts say what happens after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules isn't clear. A ruling for the eight same-sex couples would make it less likely Nevada will become a national test case for the U.S. Supreme Court.

But others note that if the court rules in favor of the couples who argue Nevada's ban is unconstitutional, Nevada could still pursue an appeal to the nation's highest court for a definitive resolution.

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KateLS1 - 2/11/2014 7:15 PM
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First of all this should never have been put to a vote. LGBT people are taxpaying American citizens and are protected under the law as such. To deny them equality flies in the face of our Constitution & the Bill of Rights. It is not a gay issue it is a Human Right's issue. Once you go down this road, it's a slippery slope. If I got a bee in my bonnet about parents who can't afford the children they have, let alone having more. I could start a movement to ban anyone below a certain income level ( or intelligence level)to have kids.How would that sit with you?

csstrume - 2/11/2014 5:50 PM
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The reality is that Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is doing what Nevada was already starting to do via the legislature, although the process of repealing or changing an amendment is intentionally lengthy so that cannot come to fruition until 2017 at the earliest. However, as some media outlets are already reporting (see "Vegas, Marriage Capital of the World, left at the altar on gay weddings" http://alj.am/1eyyU8W). This was inevitable; the fact that Nevada even has such an amendment is ludicrous given that the state is also the only one in America where brothels are legal, an a tourism-dependent state known for its live-and-let-live ethos — one once famed for its quickie weddings and divorces and never a place associated with the sanctity of traditional marriages — is now left at what might have been a very lucrative altar.

Paladin - 2/11/2014 4:39 PM
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Party Hack!! all the way. She has fought the Governor at every step.

Justdoit - 2/11/2014 2:57 PM
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Unfortunately Cortez Masto chooses to play the political game instead of defending what the voters voted by 70%,into law. Makes one wonder why even vote if a minority (3%)of the population can challenge the vote and gutless politicians cower!
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