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Nevada Gay Marriage Cases in Court

A federal appeals court is set to consider gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments today on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada.

The appeals court has previously ruled in favor of gay marriage. Supporters of bans argue that states have an interest in promoting marriage between a man and a woman, which they say is optimal for child-rearing. Opponents of bans counter that there is no data supporting the child-rearing contention and they argue that the marriage prohibitions are unconstitutional.

The arguments are the latest at the federal court level where same-sex wedding proponents have gained numerous victories.  Five of eight Nevada couples involved in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Nevada's ban on same-sex marriages are expected to hear their case argued today before the federal appeals court.
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