Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Gay Thing: Nevada Will Not Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Well, thank you, Catherine Cortez Masto! Recently, I took her to task for a baffling, insulting brief defending Nevada's ill-considered and disingenuous ban on same-sex marriage. I wrote to her and commented on her Twitter account, as did many furious marriage quality supporters. Almost immediately, Masto announced that she was going to reconsider her opinion and get back to us.

And get back to us, she did! She--and amazingly enough, our Republican Governor Brian Sandoval--have withdrawn the brief and will not defend the ban (originally known as Question 2). While this doesn't allow same-sex couples to marry, it makes the likelihood of that happening a much surer thing. Ms. Masto, you are back in my good graces!


Nevada officials won’t defend gay marriage ban
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that she will not try to defend Nevada’s law blocking gay marriages. She said she has filed a motion with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to withdraw her Jan. 24 brief in support of Nevada’s Defense of Marriage constitutional amendment, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Gov. Brian Sandoval, through his office, said he agrees with Masto’s legal reasoning and the law is “no longer defensible in court.” The Republican governor is a former state attorney general and federal judge. . .
Read more at: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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