Nevada drops defense of state gay marriage ban, citing changed landscape

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:48 PM

(Reuters) - Nevada dropped its defense of a state ban on gay marriage on Monday, saying that the legal landscape had changed and its arguments in support of a voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials were no longer sustainable.

State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said that after careful review, the state had filed a motion to withdraw a brief in support of the ban in a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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