Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesNevada

Status: Marriage equality.

In Sevcik v. Sandoval, a group of same sex couples, represented by Lambda Legal, challenged Nevada's marriage ban in federal court. The plaintiffs argued 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, announced that they would continue to defend. The Ninth Circuit granted Lambda Legal's request for an expedited appeal, and heard the case alongside a marriage equality case from Idaho, on September 8.

On October 7, the Ninth Circuit struck down Nevada’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples in the state began marrying on October 9 after the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage withdrew their initial request for the Ninth Circuit to stay the decision.