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ACLU Case Alleges Nevada Ties Religion, Marriage

LAS VEGAS (AP) — American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada backing a lawsuit alleging the line between church and state is blurred by a law requiring non-governmental marriage officiants to have religious ties.

A federal lawsuit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas calls the law unconstitutional, and says it prevents people from getting married in a place they choose before a person without a legal or religious affiliation.

The state and Clark County didn’t immediately respond to the lawsuit.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the lead plaintiff, Raul Martinez, is an atheist and member of the American Humanist Association.

The lawsuit says the county clerk has twice denied Martinez’s application for authorization to perform marriages.

ACLU attorney Allen Lichtenstein says the state could allow notary public officials to perform weddings.

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