CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A gay rights advocacy group is appealing a federal judge's ruling that upheld Nevada's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.
The appeal filed Friday by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight Nevada couples asks the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn a decision last year by U.S. District Judge Robert Jones in Reno.
Jones last November ruled Nevada has a legitimate state interest in maintaining the traditional institution of marriage.
Nevada is one of more than two dozen states that have constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Legislators this year took a first step to repeal a 2002 law that defined marriage as being between a man and woman. The proposal must pass again in the 2015 Legislature and be ratified by voters in 2016.