Judge Sets Date for Nevada Gay Marriage Arguments

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Las Vegas set a November date for arguments on a national gay rights advocacy group's lawsuit challenging Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones said Friday that he wants to quickly decide the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund against Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and various officials.

The lawsuit focuses on differences between rights granted by the state Legislature with a domestic partnership law in 2009 and a gay marriage ban that voters made part of the state constitution in 2002.

Jones says he'll hear oral arguments Nov. 26 in U.S. District Court in Reno.

He told lawyers from both sides that he plans to rely on written arguments, not courtroom testimony from people offered as experts.

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