Reid "terribly disappointed" in state's response on gay marriage appeal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he is "terribly disappointed" in Nevada's brief backing a constitutional gay marriage ban filed Wednesday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"I think that...we're in a new era and Nevada should become modern like the rest of the country," Reid told KSNV's Kelsey Thomas.

When she followed up and asked if there should be a federal law supporting gay marriage, the majority leader replied: "The answer, of course, is yes, but that's not going to happen right now. So what's happening is the courts are taking over, and that's what normally happens when the legislative body doesn't act quickly enough and that's why you have the courts making these decisions as they did in Utah."

Also on Thursday, Gov. Brian Sandoval reiterated that he had to file the brief to uphold the Constitution and that he does not oppose the matter being on the ballot.

(This is very much like what Gov. Bob Miller said in 1990 when a pro-choice question qualified (he's pro-life), that the people should have the right to decide. This is either a clever dodge or the only thing you can say in such a predicament -- or both.)

"The voters voted this in (the gay marriage ban) almost a decade ago so," the governor told KSNV's Krystal Allan. "It is part of our Constitution. I have an obligation, the attorney general has an obligation to defend the Constitution. It is in the Ninth Circuit and once it reaches a decision we'll be respectful of that...  I and the attorney general have taken an oath to defend the constitution.  I'm going to be very respectful of what comes out of the courts. I'm in support of this being put on the ballot so the people of Nevada can have a say."