Republican Nevada Governor Bruce Sandoval apparently agrees with his Democrat attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto that the impact of the 9th U.S. Circuit's recent decision declaring that sexual orientation requires heightened scrutiny means that the state will almost certainly lose its defense of its law banning same-sex marriage and thus has decided to stop doing so.
Masto issued an order "respectfully requesting the 9th U.S. Circuit allow her to withdraw her previously filed brief" defending Nevada's discriminatory marriage law on Monday.
Gov. Sandoval was quoted agreeing with decision, saying:
"Based upon the advice of the attorney general's office and their interpretation of relevant case law, it has become clear that this case is no longer defensible in court."You know the end of the kulturkampf is getting near when even conservative Republicans like Sandoval are recognizing that fighting in court to preserve heterosexual privilege is not worth their time.