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Sevcik v. Sandoval: Lamba Legal Media Advisory re: Friday’s hearing in Las Vegas

August 7, 2012

If anyone attends, please let us know at P8TT!  From Lambda Legal:

Lambda Legal Argues Federal Case Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Nevada

U.S. District Court Hears Argument on Gov. Sandoval’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Nevada’s Discriminatory Marriage Ban

(Las Vegas, August 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada will hear arguments this Friday on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex Nevada couples challenging Nevada’s law denying them the freedom to marry.

Friday’s hearing in the case, Sevcik v. Sandoval, also includes a motion by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit. The group was the proponent of the ballot initiative banning same-sex couples from marriage.

WHEN:        9:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2012

WHERE:        U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
                Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse
                333 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, NV 89101

WHO:                Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
                Dawn Sestito, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
                Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich, Lead Plaintiffs

In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro-bono co-counsel from O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Snell & Wilmer LLP, argues that the Nevada law which bars same-sex couples from marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The lead plaintiffs in the case are Beverly Sevcik, 73, and Mary Baranovich, 76, of Carson City, who have been together for nearly 41 years, raising three children and now the proud grandmothers of four grandchildren.  The other plaintiffs are: Antioco Carrillo and Theo Small of Las Vegas, who have been together since 2006; Fletcher Whitwell and Greg Flamer of Las Vegas, who have been together for 14 years and adopted a baby girl last year; Karen Goody and Karen Vibe of Reno, who have been engaged since 2005; Mikyla and Katie Miller of Reno, parents of a newborn baby girl; Adele Terranova and Tara Newberry of Las Vegas, who are raising two children; Caren and Farrell Cafferata-Jenkins of Carson City, who have been together for 15 years and are raising two sons; and Megan Lanz and Sara Geiger of Las Vegas, who have been together since 2004 and have a daughter.

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7 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Gregory in SLC  |  August 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    thanks for alert! considering going…

    ps. attended "8" in slc on Sunday. It was a moving experience. Enjoyed hour long QA with Barney Frank and Hubby after : D !

  • 2. Steve  |  August 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I don't like one point in the original complaint:
    "The State refuses, however, to recognize marriages entered by same-sex spouses in other jurisdictions as marriages. Instead, a same-sex couple’s marriage may only be recognized as a registered domestic partnership and only if the same-sex couple pays the fee required of couples registering as domestic partners"

    In other words, they aren't recognized at all. Couples have to get a DP and whether there is a marriage in other state doesn't change anything. The law is badly written in that regard. Nevada should at the very least recognize out-of-state SSMs as the equivalent of a DP

  • 3. Kathleen  |  August 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Oh, please let us know if you do, Gregory! If it was at all possible for me to go, I would. But am currently on the other side of the country.

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  August 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

    My hubby especially wants to go. So far planning on it. I have a few questions for you…will send an email

  • 5. AnonyGrl  |  August 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Sounds in this case like the state is simply wanting to get their filing fees from same sex couples, ones that they do not require from opposite sex couples in the same exact situation. If they are willing to recognize married same sex couples as having a DP, they should NOT require a separate filing for it, it.

  • 6. SHOES THROWER  |  August 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    A federal judge upholds Hawaii's marriage laws

  • 7. Gregory in SLC  |  August 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm