LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada's governor and an advocacy group representing eight same-sex couples are urging a federal appeals court to reject a request by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage for a full-court rehearing of the Nevada gay marriage issue.

In filings submitted on a Wednesday deadline to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Gov. Brian Sandoval says same-sex marriage is no longer a controversy in Nevada.

Sandoval calls gay marriage a matter of public interest that shouldn't be deferred by further proceedings.

Lambda Legal lawyer Tara Borelli says the coalition has no standing to mount what she calls a "final act of desperation" to prolong the case.

The coalition claims bias by the three-judge appeals panel that last month invalidated a 2002 Nevada state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage.