State of Nevada Archives: on Civil Rights


Catherine Cortez Masto: Let Nevada ban same-sex marriage; it's will of the people

In a 55-page brief, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto urges the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the basis that it reflects the will of the people: "The interest of the State in defining marriage in this manner is motivated by the state's desire to protect and perpetuate traditional marriage," Masto writes. "In establishing this criterion and others--e.g., age, consanguinity, unmarried status, etc.--the state exercises its prerogative as a State, and that exercise is entitled to respect."

Notably, Masto argues at length that the Ninth Circuit shouldn't apply heightened scrutiny to the ban: "Under an objective application of due process and equal protection analyses, there is no basis for heightened review of the State's purpose in defining marriage by its traditional meaning," Masto writes. "There exists neither fundamental right, nor suspect or quasi- suspect class, justifying a different standard of review."

Source: Washington Blade on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jan 23, 2014

Catherine Cortez Masto: States ban bigamy & incest, so why not same-sex marriage?

Ask the attorney general of Nevada about the definition of marriage, and she'll tell you it doesn't include the union of a same-sex couple. But in the same breath, she'll tell you it also doesn't include incest or bigamy either. In a 55-page brief, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, in a section titled "Marriage Defined," explains "what marriage is" and "what marriage is not." Masto reminds the court that in addition to not being for same-sex couples under Nevada law, marriage is also not for those engaging in bigamy or incest. The invocation of bigamy and incest in Nevada's brief before the Ninth Circuit recalls the first legal brief the Obama administration filed in support of the Defense of Marriage Act when it was still defending the law in court. That brief invoked bigamy and pedophilia to assert the constitutionality of the ban on federal recognition of same-sex marriage, which riled LGBT advocates.
Source: Washington Blade on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jan 23, 2014

Brian Sandoval: Nevada gave women the right to vote in 1914, ahead of USA

As Nevada prepares to celebrate 150 years of statehood, we must consider how far we have come and prepare for what lies ahead. 2014 is not just the anniversary of Nevada's statehood. It also marks the centennial year of the approval of women's suffrage in our state.

Nevada gave women the right to vote in 1914, five years before the rest of the nation adopted the 19th Amendment in 1919. It is my hope that the celebration of women's suffrage and the commemoration of Nevada's 150th birthday will provide a joint platform for examining who we are--and who we can be.

Nevadans are rightfully proud of their history. We are also cognizant of the world around us. And we are ever mindful of those students whose faces inspire us to plan big for a bright future. Tonight, we can take pride in our progress.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Mark Amodei: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions

Q: Should Nevada recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
  • A: No.
  • Q: Should Nevada restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
  • A: Yes.
    Source: Nevada Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

    Mark Amodei: Support affirmative action in schools & workplaces

    Affirmative Action:

    Q: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on: College and university admissions?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Public employment?

    A: Yes.

    Q: State contracting?

    A: Yes.

    Source: Nevada Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

    Kenny Guinn: Affirmative action in state contracts and colleges

    Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:

    Q: College and university admissions

    A: Yes.

    Q: Public employment

    A: Yes.

    Q: State contracting

    A: Yes.

    Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

    Kenny Guinn: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws

    Q: Do you believe that the Nevada government should include sexual orientation in Nevada’s anti-discrimination laws?

    A: Yes.

    Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

    Kenny Guinn: Opposes recognizing same-sex marriages

    Q: Do you believe that the Nevada government should recognize same-sex marriages?

    A: No.

    Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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