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9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejects bid to re-hear gay marriage issue from Nevada, Idaho


LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court in San Francisco won't re-hear a decision by a three-judge panel allowing same-sex marriages in Nevada.

Attorney Peter Renn of the gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal welcomed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order.

It was issued Friday and affected Nevada and Idaho.

Renn said Tuesday that it puts marriage equality for same-sex couples one step closer to certain.

Attorney Monte Stewart, for the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, declined comment. The coalition had sought a full-court rehearing of a ruling last October by three 9th Circuit judges allowing same-sex marriages in the two states.

The coalition hasn't said whether it'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

Las Vegas passed the 1,000 mark this week for same-sex marriage licenses.

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