November 26, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Update 1 Scottie Thomaston: I spoke with Tara Borelli at Lambda Legal, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Sevcik. She told me that these reports are based on old information – the original scheduling order. As we reported on September 19, however, the federal judge canceled that order and oral arguments will not be held. The judge plans to rule based on the parties’ filings.
According to On Top Magazine and KTVN Reno 2 News, a Nevada district court judge is hearing hearing oral arguments today in the marriage equality case Sevcik v. Sandoval, which challenges the state’s decision to offer its same-sex couples domestic partnerships but not full marriage rights. These reports contradict an order by the judge from September, canceling the oral argument that he had indeed been planning for today and expressing his intent instead to issue a written order without oral arguments.
We’ll keep looking for more information about these reports–the On Top piece cites an AP article but does not link to it, and I was unable to find any such article. I believe the two organizations are reporting based on the previous timetable we’ve seen in the case. Nevertheless, if you read today that there’s a marriage equality hearing happening in Nevada and are confused by that (as I was), it seems unlikely at this point that these reports are correct.
Check back here later for more information!