Listen Online - Listen on Mobile Radio.com | Mobile App Info

State: Gay Marriage Ban Serves Legitimate Purpose

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.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Las Vegas

Get Started
Introducing Your New Podcast Network Play.it

Listen Live