A national gay-rights groups filed a lawsuit today challenging Nevada’s law that prohibits recognition of gay marriage. The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund sued in federal court on behalf of eight gay and lesbian couples challenging the law as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.
Nevada’s law restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples is similar to the current law in North Carolina. A proposed constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot here would broaden the prohibition of legal recognition to same-sex civil unions and heterosexual domestic partnerships. It would define marriage as only between men and women.