(Las Vegas, NV) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage in September.

The court has granted Lambda Legal’s request to expedite the appeal brought on behalf of eight gay couples, who say they are seeking “marriage equality.”

Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2002, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Critics charged it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones disagreed, and upheld Nevada’s prohibition of same-sex marriage in November 2012.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, which led the campaign for the amendment in 2002, is defending the state’s ban.

In February, Governor Brian Sandoval said he still believes in the traditional definition of marriage, but relevant case law made the constitutional ban no longer defensible in court.



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