State: gay marriage ban serves legitimate purpose

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Updated: 1/22 1:07 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State lawyers for Gov. Brian Sandoval say Nevada's constitutional ban on gay marriage serves a legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage.

The attorney general's office late Tuesday filed a response with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over a challenge to Nevada's definition of marriage.

A federal judge upheld the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage in 2012. U.S District Judge Robert Jones tossed out a lawsuit filed by eight same-sex couples who argued an amendment passed by voters in 2002 defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

Nevada's fight over gay marriage comes as federal courts in other states have struck down similar measures, most recently in Utah and Oklahoma.

A bill repealing Nevada's ban was approved by the 2013 Legislature but needs further action.

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Speed - 1/24/2014 1:08 AM
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This shouldn't be a Government or Political issue-it should be a Religious issue. Homosexuality goes against the teachings of the Bible,and is a SIN. Since the US was originally formed in large part so people could worship as they wished without Government intervention,people who want to go against the Bible in homosexual acts should be free to do so as long as they don't force their beliefs and acts on others;by the same token,others are by NO means required or obligated to accept or respect these perversions or the unions of homosexual people in America. And hust to be clear,there is nothing GAY about homosexuality,but thanks so much for ruining a decent,respectable word forever just to try to make homosexuality SOUND less perverse.

nubgnngs42 - 1/23/2014 1:27 PM
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How about then, "it's what the MAJORITY of the people of NEVADA VOTED FOR". Or does "Special Rights" for a select few rule the land now?

Althera85 - 1/22/2014 9:18 PM
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What is "Traditional Marriage" and why does it need to be upheld? In a state where you can get a drive-by divorce, yet loving couples who have shared many years in a committed and monogamous relationship are turned away as being too "risque", how can anyone defend this asinine claim that it is to protect marriage of any kind? I am a Nevadan, born and raised. I am also a wife and mother. My marriage is in no way threatened by allowing two PEOPLE of any race, creed or gender to marry. If you truly wish to "preserve traditional marriage" then why not ban divorce!? Any two (or more) people, who truly love each other and will struggle for their family the same as the rest of us, deserve their Civil Rights to be upheld as well! Marriage is not about religion. If it was you would ban Atheists marrying Catholics, or Muslims marrying Wiccans. This is a purely political notion, and needs to be abolished.
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