Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Nevada dropped an effort to defend its gay-marriage ban in court while 11 other states supported Utah’s bid to reverse a lower-court ruling that overturned its prohibition on same-sex weddings.

Nevada was defending a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages established by a voter-approved amendment. A federal judge in 2012 ruled that the state law didn’t violate the equal protection rights of eight same-sex couples that sued to overturn it. Yesterday, the state dropped its defense of the ban in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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