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Ruling Cheered, but No Rest for Marriage Equality in NV

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Thursday, June 27, 2013   

LAS VEGAS - A good start. That's what some Nevada legal advocates are saying today about the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The ruling is good news as far as it goes, said Kim Surratt, who runs a family law practice in Reno, but plenty of work remains to be done on marriage equality in the Silver State.

"It's happened in California, that's what this case was about, and it helps at the federal benefits level, she said, "but we aren't any closer to having same-sex marriage in Nevada based on this decision."

The vote was 5-4 in the landmark decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional because it denied same-sex couples the same federal benefit as other married couples.

Laura Martin, communications director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said it's a mistake for Nevadans to think the fight is over. She said the ruling is a powerful message, but agreed that more work remains to be done.

"What the Supreme Court told us is that discriminating against same-sex couples is unconstitutional," she said, "So, now we just have to continue to work to undo our own state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage."

State lawmakers still need to act on Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would give all Nevadans freedom to marry. If approved, Nevada voters would have the final say on the measure in 2016.


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