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Same-Sex Marriages in Limbo in Nevada

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One day after an appeals court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in Nevada that decision was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.

At this point, the Silver State's in limbo and now they're waiting on what the U.S. Supreme Court will do next.   

Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the ban in Nevada ruling that it violated equal protection rights for same-sex couples.

The state said it would not take any action, which would've made it law. Then this morning, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy put a stop to that in Idaho and Nevada.

But around noon - he ruled to let same-sex marriages go forward in nevada.

Then - there was a new development.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed a request to reinstate a stay in Nevada. That is still pending - it has not has been approved as was widely reported this afternoon. That misinformation came from a deputy DA and the clerks office.
   
Now - assuming nothing changes, there is still a process that has to be completed before marriage licenses can be issued.
   
First, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals needs to issue a mandate to reword the law.
   
Then, it would get sent back down to the federal district court where they need to add the modifications to their dockets.
   
Once that happens, it would trickle down to the district attorneys in each county where they can tell their clerks when they can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

With that said, the Washoe County clerk told us it would be premature to say when couples could apply for their licenses.

There have been questions directed at the Secretary of State's office regarding whether there is a need to terminate a domestic partnership prior to obtaining a marriage license in Nevada. After consulting with the Nevada Attorney General's office, the S.O.S. office has determined that there is no requirement to terminate a State of Nevada Domestic Partnership at the time of a marriage between the same two partners.

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