Marriage Equality: The Day After and the Sequels

The day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings by three federal courts of appeals in four cases directly affecting the marriage bans in five states, another circuit was heard from.  A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on October 7 in favor of marriage equality in cases from Nevada and Idaho.  Writing for the panel, Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was appointed to … <Read More>

Nevada Officials Decline to Defend Their Marriage Ban in Pending 9th Circuit Appeal

In a sharp change of course, Nevada’s governor and attorney general announced on February 10 that they would not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case pending before the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The back-story to this development is interesting and a bit complicated:

On January 21, Nevada’s Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto, filed the state’s brief in Sevcik v. Sandoval, a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on … <Read More>