In a decision that affects thousands of Nevada couples, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Nevada's discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. It is an almost indescribable feeling knowing that ALL loving couples in Nevada are now free to marry.
Here is a statement from Senator Harry Reid:
Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of marriage equality in Nevada:
“This is a good day for Nevada as today's decision puts us on the side of equality and the right side of history. Our state and our country are strengthened by our diversity. No longer will gay and lesbian Nevadans be told that their committed relationships are less than those of straight couples. With the Ninth Circuit’s decision, gay and lesbian Nevadans will soon be able to enjoy full recognition, respect and protection of their right to love. I want to commend the hard work of advocates at the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Freedom Nevada and throughout the country who were able to make this day a reality for thousands of gay and lesbian Nevadans.
“As we move forward in Nevada, let us also continue to work to ensure the same rights are extended in the states that still deny gay and lesbian couples this right. We have much work to do to achieve this goal.”
And in a statement from Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange, we're reminded that Republican candidates in Nevada remain steadfastly opposed to equality:
"Unfortunately, nearly every Republican in the legislature voted to uphold this discriminatory ban; including Mark Hutchison (candidate for Lieutenant Governor who just last week reitered his opposition to same-sex marriage), Michael Roberson (NV Senate Minority Leader), and Barbara Cegavske (candidate for Secretary of State). The Republican candidate for Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, said he would have fought to uphold the ban on same sex marriage if he was Attorney General. Republicans were wrong then, and their outdated views on marriage equality and equal rights are just as wrong today."
Remember October 7, 2014 - the birth of marriage equality in Nevada!