August 7, 2012
If anyone attends, please let us know at P8TT! From Lambda Legal:
Lambda Legal Argues Federal Case Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Nevada
U.S. District Court Hears Argument on Gov. Sandoval’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Nevada’s Discriminatory Marriage Ban
(Las Vegas, August 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada will hear arguments this Friday on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex Nevada couples challenging Nevada’s law denying them the freedom to marry.
Friday’s hearing in the case, Sevcik v. Sandoval, also includes a motion by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit. The group was the proponent of the ballot initiative banning same-sex couples from marriage.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2012
WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse
333 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, NV 89101
WHO: Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Dawn Sestito, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich, Lead Plaintiffs
In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro-bono co-counsel from O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Snell & Wilmer LLP, argues that the Nevada law which bars same-sex couples from marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The lead plaintiffs in the case are Beverly Sevcik, 73, and Mary Baranovich, 76, of Carson City, who have been together for nearly 41 years, raising three children and now the proud grandmothers of four grandchildren. The other plaintiffs are: Antioco Carrillo and Theo Small of Las Vegas, who have been together since 2006; Fletcher Whitwell and Greg Flamer of Las Vegas, who have been together for 14 years and adopted a baby girl last year; Karen Goody and Karen Vibe of Reno, who have been engaged since 2005; Mikyla and Katie Miller of Reno, parents of a newborn baby girl; Adele Terranova and Tara Newberry of Las Vegas, who are raising two children; Caren and Farrell Cafferata-Jenkins of Carson City, who have been together for 15 years and are raising two sons; and Megan Lanz and Sara Geiger of Las Vegas, who have been together since 2004 and have a daughter.
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