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Lawmaker Announces 'I'm Black. I'm Gay' as Nevada Senate Votes to Repeal Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

NevadaNevada's Senate took the first step toward recognizing same-sex marriage on Monday, voting 12-9 on Senate Joint Resolution 13, which repeals a constitutional provision passed by voters in 2002 banning same-sex marriage. The legislation also declares that Nevada recognizes all marriages regardless of gender.

If the measure is passed by the Assembly this year and again next year, it will go to the voters for ratification in 2016.

AtkinsonOne Republican joined with Democrats to vote in favor of the resolution and lawmakers debated for more than an hour. The debate included this, the Las Vegas Sun reports:

In a particularly emotional moment, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, publicly declared for the first time that he is gay.

"I’m black. I'm gay," Atkinson said in a trembling voice after describing his father's interracial re-marriage that would have been banned earlier in American history. "I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male."

Atkinson went on to rebut the argument that gay marriage threatens any other definition of marriage.

"If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place," he said.

Listen to Atkinson speak, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Not trying to be snarky, but I'm guessing that his colleagues knew that he's black.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 23, 2013 8:23:47 AM


  2. Excellent comment about marriage. If your hetereo marriage is a stable one, nothing will threaten it, certainly not gays.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 23, 2013 8:51:49 AM


  3. Good for him. The more visibility, the better. :-)

    Posted by: guynyc | Apr 23, 2013 9:11:31 AM


  4. I just fell in love with Kelvin Atkinson. Good for him.

    Posted by: Ted | Apr 23, 2013 9:21:43 AM


  5. A courageous man who has given the best refutation that same-sex marriages would "harm" heterosexual marriages. I gotta remember that one.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 23, 2013 10:21:39 AM


  6. Succinct. Good for him.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 23, 2013 10:28:52 AM


  7. Good for him. He did a great job.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 23, 2013 10:30:52 AM


  8. @Guynyc, the more visibility the better - Agree! In a nutshell, "If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place," he said.


    Posted by: Belthazar | Apr 23, 2013 10:43:06 AM


  9. Oh, my God. David Hagatha Hearne said something nice about a Black person. Honey, the Klan is in trouble--they may be about to lose one of their main financial contributors.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 23, 2013 11:39:17 AM


  10. Huzzah, huzzah for courage and honesty.

    Posted by: David R | Apr 23, 2013 1:32:55 PM


  11. @Derrick, I think the thrust of David's comment was that the man was succinct. In other words, he kept his mouth shut as much as possible.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 23, 2013 1:37:12 PM


  12. What an amazing hero for our community! THANK YOU SIR!

    The more honest and open we are about who we are...the more free our society can be

    Posted by: Hugh Riendhart | Apr 23, 2013 7:45:12 PM


  13. I want this man to be our next president. not even kidding. What an inspiration!

    Posted by: Jordan | Apr 23, 2013 7:49:06 PM


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