Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesNevada

Status: Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Sevcik v. Sandoval, a group of same sex couples, represented by Lambda Legal, are challenging Nevada's marriage ban in federal court. The plaintiffs argue that Nevada's denial of marriage to same-sex couples violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. In November 2012, their case was partially dismissed by the trial court and they appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In February 2014, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced she would no longer defend the state's marriage ban; however, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, an anti-equality group that intervened in the lawsuit, will continue to defend. While the Ninth Circuit has granted Lambda Legal's request for an expedited appeal, it has yet to schedule oral arguments in this case.