COLUMN: Federal court's gay marriage ruling is fabulous fail

The Las Vegas Review-Journal
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December 4, 2012

That U.S. District Judge Robert Jones' ruling on a lawsuit against Nevada's constitutional ban on gay marriage will be overturned is almost a certainty. This is, after all, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down California's notorious Proposition 8 by saying it "serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples." Replace "Proposition 8" with Nevada's Article 1, Section 21, and "California" with "Nevada," and you have the makings of a quick reversal. (The resolution at the U.S. Supreme Court is far less clear, however.) Among the many good reasons the 9th Circuit should reject Jones' conclusions are the spurious rationales he cites to justify denying the title of "marriage" to gays and lesbians. (The state, via its domestic partnership program, has already extended nearly every legal benefit of marriage to same-sex couples.)