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Resolution introduced in Nevada legislature to repeal marriage equality ban through a referendum in 2016

Marriage equality Sevcik v Sandoval

By Scottie Thomaston

A Democratic state senator in Nevada has introduced a resolution to repeal the state’s existing marriage equality ban through a ballot initiative. In order for the repeal amendment to be placed on the ballot, lawmakers must pass it this year and once more in 2015.

The ban passed in 2002 and is currently being challenged in federal court by LGBT legal group Lambda Legal. That case is styled as Sevcik v. Sandoval. A federal district court judge upheld the ban, and the plaintiffs appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where it is awaiting review. The Ninth Circuit had agreed to put the case on a parallel track with another case challenging Hawaii’s marriage equality ban.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Now, more than ten years later, polls show sentiment in Nevada for same sex marriage has changed, with many voters supporting it. A February 2013 poll by the Retail Association of Nevada poll found that 54 percent of voters support marriage equality for gay couples.

They also report that once the amendment is repealed, the state would be free to pass marriage equality legislation.

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