October 7, 2014
CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval and Attorney
General Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statements in response to
the ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today which struck down
Nevada’s same sex marriage ban.
“The ruling today confirmed my previous position that the State’s arguments
against same sex marriage are no longer defensible in court. The SmithKline
decision in February changed the legal standard which is why we originally
withdrew our appeal. I respect the decision of the Court,” said Governor Brian
“We are encouraged by the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
However, although the Ninth Circuit has filed its decision in the case, it has
not yet issued its mandate. The parties have 14 days to seek reconsideration or
seek a stay to file an appeal with the United States Supreme Court. County
clerks should work with their respective district attorneys on the appropriate
course of action,” said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.