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Sandoval Asks Court To Dismiss Marriage Challenge

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is asking a federal court to toss a lawsuit challenging Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the governor says marriage is a state issue, not a federal one, and the challenge shouldn’t be pursued in federal court. His written response came from Wayne Howle of the state attorney general’s office.

The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the lawsuit April 10 on behalf of eight same-sex couples. The suit claims the couples are being discriminated against because they can’t call their partnerships a marriage.

Nevada voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. A domestic partnership law was passed by the state Legislature in 2009.

The lawsuit seeks to void the ban and recoup legal costs.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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