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Appeals court to review challenge to Nevada’s gay marriage ban

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Christopher DeVargas

Participants march in the 15th annual PRIDE night parade in downtown Las Vegas, Friday Sept. 6, 2013.

A challenge to Nevada's ban on gay marriage will be heard before a federal appeals court in San Francisco in ten days.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for Sevcik v. Sandoval at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, the same day the court will consider similar appeals from Hawaii and Idaho.

Eight same-sex couples who want to get married in Nevada are leading the challenge to the state's 2002 voter-approved ban. A federal judge ruled against the group in 2012, which led to the 9th Circuit Court challenge.

A live video stream will be available on the "Live Oral Arguments Tab" of the Ninth Circuit's website.

State bans on same-sex marriages have been voided across the country since last summer, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-approved gay marriages.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto have said they won't defend the ban when it goes before the federal appeals court.

Gay couples today can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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