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Court urged to strike same-sex marriage bans

Arguing that Nevada’s and Hawaii’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Friday joined a coalition of states in filing a brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The brief argues that the laws violate the 14th Amendment and should be struck down.

“After the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic step this past June to secure equal rights and protections for same-sex couples, the U.S. Court of Appeals must ensure these discriminatory laws in Nevada and Hawaii will not continue to undermine our national progress,” Schneiderman said. “The State of New York has long recognized out-of-state same-sex marriages, and the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act further cemented our position on this critical civil rights issue.”

A copy of the brief, which also highlights the experience of many states that have ended the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriage, is available on the attorney general’s website www.ag.ny.gov.