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Groups Organizing Nevada Gay Marriage Ballot Push

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LAS VEGAS -- Several groups are organizing a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the Nevada constitution to allow same-sex marriages.

Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and Human Rights Campaign nonprofits, plus the Freedom to Marry Inc. lobbying group hosted rallies Thursday in Las Vegas and Reno.

They're calling their campaign Freedom Nevada.

Organizers say they are fighting for couples like Theo Small and Antioco Carillo. They are plaintiffs on Sevcik vs. Sandoval, a case which challenges the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

When the couple tried to marry in Nevada, they were denied and decided to sue the state.

The effort comes days after Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Democratic state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto decided to give up defending the state in a gay marriage ban case pending before a federal appeals court in San Francisco.

While Gov. Sandoval says the state's arguments are no longer defensible in court, it is still unclear when same-sex marriage in Nevada would be allowed.

"I think there will be a question on the ballot that was approved by the Legislature through a joint resolution. It will be coming back to Legislature for approval," Sandoval said.

The state's decision is a reversal from last month, when the state filed a lengthy brief supporting a gay marriage ban that voters approved in 2002.

While legislation and litigation are being worked out, families of domestic partners Josh Miller and Steve Amend are anxiously waiting and growing.

"Four years ago, we had our little boy and so we're like any other family in Nevada," Miller said.

They plan to campaign until everyone who wants to get married in the state can.

(Associated Press contributed to this report)

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