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Defenders of Nevada’s marriage equality ban petition Supreme Court for review of Sevcik

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, the Nevada anti-gay group behind Nevada’s marriage equality ban, asks the Supreme Court to review the district court decision upholding the ban before the completion of an appeal at the Ninth Circuit.  In its petition, the group asks the Court to consider  “[w]hether the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause requires Nevada to change its definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the union of two persons.”

The Coalition’s request comes just a few days after Lambda Legal, representing the plaintiffs challenging Nevada’s laws, file an appeal of the district court ruling with the Ninth Circuit.  The Sevcik petition joins petitions for Supreme Court review in several other gay rights cases, including challenges to the constitutionality of DOMA and California’s Proposition 8.

In its petition, the Coalition writes that “[t]he fundamental marriage issue is a question of the highest national importance and consequence” and argues that the Sevcik case is the best vehicle for the Court to consider the question of marriage equality because it “is the only one that cannot be resolved without answering the fundamental issue.”

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