9th Circ. Urged To Nix Gay Marriage Bans In Hawaii, Nev.

Law360, Washington (October 28, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT) -- A coalition of attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia on Friday asked the Ninth Circuit to strike down Hawaii and Nevada laws banning same-sex marriage in those states, arguing the statutes are unconstitutional.

According to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the two states’ bans on same-sex marriage unfairly withhold the social benefits and cultural significance associated with marriage from those states’ gay and lesbian residents, codifying in law their “second-class status,” in violation of the 14th Amendment.

“Our experience in Massachusetts clearly...
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