It’s official, Las Vegas just got more fabulous. Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Nevada.
Nevada became part of the 32 states to legalize gay marriage. Nevada is one of the 32 states to legalize gay marriage. Clark County will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., one day after a federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Nevada.
Statement from Las Vegas
“This is a historic day for Las Vegas and the great state of Nevada. As the “Wedding Capital of the World” and one of the top destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors, Las Vegas welcomes LGBT couples wishing to legally recognize their relationship. There is simply no better destination to host a fabulous wedding followed by a one-of-a-kind honeymoon.”
Las Vegas is welcoming from one end of the Strip to the other and goes above and beyond to ensure every visitor has a memorable experience. With more than 300 sunny days a year, the destination provides the perfect backdrop for couples ready to make it official. Las Vegas offers everything from elaborate, over-the-top venues to intimate settings that will bring the most romantic dreams to life. That’s why it’s no surprise that nearly 100,000 marriage licenses are issued each year, for couples looking to make it official.
Additionally, this past April, the destination released a “What Happens Here, Stays Here” television commercial specifically geared toward the LGBT community. “The Check In” aired on various well-known television networks including Bravo TV, E! Entertainment Television and Logo TV.
To learn more about how to book a dream wedding, visit www.LasVegas.com/Weddings.
More information about marriage licenses in Clark County can be found at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/marriagelicenses.aspx
Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals in all the cases it had been asked to consider from appellate courts in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, allowing decisions from those courts striking down marriage bans to stand. The states with bans at issue in those cases were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The court’s action has led to legal same-sex marriage in Colorado; it is also expected to affect other states within the three circuits, including Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as states where U.S. district courts have already held the state’s denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples unconstitutional. A decision the next day by the Ninth Circuit invalidating bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada is expected to also affect Alaska, Arizona, and Montana.
About the LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.8 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.