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    Nevada ponders switch on same-sex marriage

    Nevada’s attorney general, who filed a full-scale defense of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage just four days ago, has now said publicly that the arguments she made “are likely no longer tenable” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  That court is now reviewing a challenge to Nevada’s ban, in the case of Sevcik v. Sandoval (Circuit docket 12-17668).

    State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, in a statement released Friday, cited a sweeping new ruling by the Ninth Circuit last Tuesday which concluded that the Supreme Court has put up a higher obstacle to laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.  The Ninth Circuit drew that conclusion from last June’s decision by the Justices in United States v. Windsor.

    Nevada’s top legal officer said that she is using the weekend to further study the state’s arguments on same-sex marriage “in light of” the court of appeals’ new ruling and will discuss the issue with the state’s governor next week.  In that new ruling, a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel last week found that laws biased against gays and lesbians must satisfy the more rigorous constitutional standard of “heightened scrutiny.”

    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

    by TheMomCat on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 11:34:55 PM PST

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