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"I do oppose polygamy. I do not think they are one and the same."
Rombardo said Carson City's initial concern was not that gay marriage should be banned, but rather that legal standards could have invited challenges to other state marriage laws, specifically prohibitions against polygamy.
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(Photo: CATHLEEN ALLISON, AP)Last week's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in SmithKline Beecham Corp. V. Abbott Laboratories said it is unconstitutional to exclude jurors because of their sexual orientation made Carson's City's objections no longer warranted, District Attorney Neil Rombardo said Tuesday.
Her office is representing Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval in the suit.
Jon Davidson, national legal director for Lambda Legal, said the group was anxiously awaiting Masto's next move.
in 2002 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
"That SmithKline case was game changer and it changed the analysis in our circuit," Rombardo said.
Masto late Friday said the state's brief filed Jan. 21 defending Nevada's constitutional prohibition against same sex marriage is likely "no longer tenable."
Seventeen states now allow gay marriage and Nevada's fight comes as federal courts in other state have struck down similar measures, most recently in Utah and Oklahoma.
Dozens of groups have filed friend of the court briefs in the case.
State lawmakers last year approved a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal Nevada's same sex marriage ban. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The lead plaintiffs in the case, Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich of Carson City, have been together for decades and raised three children.
"I think we are feeling pretty optimistic at the moment given the 9th Circuit's recent ruling where it applies the heightened judicial scrutiny," he said. "That will be very helpful to us, which I think the attorney general recognizes."
The state's response, written by Solicitor General C. Wayne Howell, said the law serves a "legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage" and is motivated by the state's desire to "protect and perpetuate traditional marriage."
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Jones upheld state's prohibition on same sex marriage in 2012, rejecting arguments raised by eight same sex couples that the amendment is unconstitutional. The couples, represented by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, appealed.
But the 9th Circuit's decision in the SmithKline case essentially said homosexuals are a protected class and that heightened judicial scrutiny applies in cases involving alleged discrimination, Rombardo said.
Neil Rombardo, with the Nevada Attorney General Office, speaks at the Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Monday afternoon, April 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Nevada Appeal, Cathleen Allison)
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