May 23, 2014has ordered Sevcik v. Sandoval, Lambda Legal’s challenge to Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban, to be placed on their argument calendar. The case will be argued some time in September, though the order doesn’t specify an exact date.
Last night, the plaintiffs filed a request with the appeals court to schedule their case no later than a separate challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban. The Nevada case has been on appeal in the Ninth Circuit since December 2012, while the Idaho appeal was only docketed a couple of weeks ago.
The Idaho case, Latta v. Otter, will be argued the week of September 8.
It’s unclear why the Nevada case hasn’t been argued yet, since briefing has been completed for awhile. The state initially defended the ban, but they subsequently changed their position and withdrew their brief.
The plaintiffs, same-sex couples, lost their case in district court on November 26, 2012. Judge Robert C. Jones, a nominee of President George W. Bush, upheld the ban.
Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for these filings
For more information on Sevcik v. Sandoval from The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, click here.