Even though it should be no surprise to most, Nevada lawmakers unfortunately chose to uphold a law that bans same sex marriage It’s important to show stories like this because even though we have had recent wins in the arena of equal rights, this is clearly an obvious sign that we have a long way to go.
Here’s more on the ruling from Buzzfeed:
Jones ruled that prior Supreme Court precedent — a 1972 case, Baker v. Nelson, that denied a same-sex couple’s marriage claim as lacking any ‘substantial federal question’ — controlled his decision, Even if not, he ruled that the ‘exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution of civil marriage’ was constitutional ‘[b]ecause the maintenance of the traditional institution of civil marriage as between one man and one woman is a legitimate state interest.’”
Judge Jones also failed to see the scrutiny of basing marriage classification on someone’s sexual orientation. Lambda Legal lawyer, Tara Borelli,, who helped set up the case is not giving up the fight:
“We will appeal and continue to fight for these loving couples, who are harmed by Nevada’s law barring marriage for same-sex couples. By forbidding same-sex couples’ access to marriage, the State brands them and their children as second-class citizens.”
Hopefully more stories will incite pro-equality organizations to expand their campaigns and also expand their message to causes like ENDA (Employee Non-Discrimination Act) and make a stronger statement.