That decision came a day after the Supreme Court turned away state appeals, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in several more states, bringing the U.S. total to 30.
The 9th Circuit order calls for Reno-based U.S. District Judge Robert Jones to promptly issue a permanent injunction invalidating the voter-approved 2002 Nevada state constitutional amendment preventing same-sex couples from marrying and denying recognition of marriages from other states. Jones didn’t immediately respond to requests Tuesday and Wednesday for comment.
"The idea that same-sex marriage can be imposed upon the people of this country against their will is completely inconsistent with our constitutional principles and runs contrary to the very essence of a republican form of government," said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage. "We once again call upon the US Supreme Court to decide this issue. They abdicated their responsibility to the American people earlier in the week and we hope that Justice Kennedy’s action will result in the Supreme Court hearing the issue and ultimately deciding that states have the right to preserve marriage in the law as it has existed in reality since long before the nation was founded — the union of one man and one woman."