2014-10-09T223520Z_2_LYNXNPEA980VD_RTROPTP_2_USA-COURT-GAYMARRIAGE

Nevada issues first marriage licenses to gay couples; some states push back

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Sandra Chereb and Alexia Shurmur CARSON CITY/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Nevada began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday after a district judge removed the final hurdle to same-sex matrimony in the state, hours after a conservative group withdrew a last-ditch effort to block the change. The move came as obstacles to gay marriage fell in West Virginia even as other states pushed back against federal court actions this week, including by the U.S. Supreme Court, that could ultimately extend legal same-sex matrimony to 35 states. Tuesday’s 9th U.S. …

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