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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lambda Legal Files Federal Equal Protection Suit in Nevada

From Lambda Legal today (continuing):

 Dear Joe

We are excited to let you know that we filed a new marriage equality case in federal court today in Nevada. The lead plaintiffs, Beverly Sevcik, 73, and Mary Baranovich, 76, have been together for nearly 41 years and committed their lives to each other in October, 1971. Together they raised three children, and they are now grandmothers to their four grandchildren. They and the other seven couples we represent want the freedom to marry and the opportunity to honor the love and commitment they share.

Nevada violates the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution when it excludes same-sex couples from marriage, and relegates them to the lesser status of domestic partnership. Restricting same-sex couples to a plainly second-class status serves only as a statement of moral disapproval and a force to inflict stigma, which the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment does not permit. That’s why we are taking Nevada government officials to court.

Our movement for LGBT equality is moving forward rapidly, and we brought this case as an important next step in securing the freedom to marry. At Lambda Legal, we are strategic about making each case serve as a building block for the next one. That’s what this case does: If we prevail in court, thousands of same-sex couples in Nevada, and potentially those in other states with two-tier schemes, will be able to marry the person they love, and the law will be further strengthened to fight for equality across the country.
Please visit our website to meet the brave couples who are standing up for love and equality. We are fighting for them, and for all of us. Thanks so much for your support

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