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Nevada Moves One Step Closer to Marriage Equality as Assembly Advances Resolution 27-14

The Nevada Assembly yesterday passed the final vote for this year on a constitutional amendment that would send same-sex marriage to the ballot in 2016, the Review Journal reports:

NevadaSenate Joint Resolution 13 passed the Assembly on a 27-14 vote, bringing the process to get it to the ballot in 2016 to an end for this year. All the no votes were Republicans. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, voted with Democrats.

The proposed amendment must pass again in identical form in the 2015 legislative session before it can go to the ballot. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s signature is not required.

The proposal would remove Nevada’s current prohibition on same-gender marriage from the state constitution, and add new language recognizing same-gender marriage.

It also includes a provision to guarantee that religious organizations do not have to perform such unions.

It passed the Senate 12-9 in April.

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  1. PATHETIC MERIKKKA - PATHETIC!!! So basically Gay/Lesbian TAX PAYERS Have to BEG for thier RIGHTS? This...? ...from a state with Prostitution, and willy nilly Marriages & Divorces for heteros - Disgusting NV!

    Posted by: disgusted american | May 24, 2013 7:45:43 AM


  2. 3 to 4 years?
    We might go to Mars by then, are you kidding?
    Your state is the bastion of anything goes and the quickie marriage, I would think you could pull this one off.

    Posted by: rees cramer | May 24, 2013 8:06:43 AM


  3. But this long process isn't an LGBT issue. It's about the lengthy process in the state of Nevada to repeal a Constitutional amendment. The fact that this particular amendment has to do with LGBT rights has nothing to do with anything. Oregon has a similar process that will also take several years to work through to get rid of the amendment in that state.

    Posted by: Jere | May 24, 2013 8:40:07 AM


  4. We're going to hit this wall pretty much everywhere from now on. There are only a few states that have neither gay marriage nor a constitutional amendment to ban it. Once those amendments are in place, it's a very long process to overturn them.

    Posted by: Brian1 | May 24, 2013 8:47:40 AM


  5. It's good to see a state actually attempt to remove these amendments.

    Posted by: Eric | May 24, 2013 9:42:23 AM


  6. This is why writing discrimination into a state constitution is both a bad and stupid thing--not so easy to undo it, yet it will be undone one way or another. The NV amendment process is what it is, however. Given that, Nevada deserves credit for taking the next step. Or some Nevadans deserve credit--as usual, most Republicans were protectors of discrimination.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 24, 2013 9:57:17 AM


  7. As Brian put, this is what we're up against now at this point. We're almost maxed out on states we are realistically going to secure in the near future. The rest are going to be a major challenge, but good on Nevada on taking the appropriate steps to fix this. Again, another state that is controlled by Democrats is making movements towards equality.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 24, 2013 12:32:24 PM


  8. As Brian put, this is what we're up against now at this point. We're almost maxed out on states we are realistically going to secure in the near future. The rest are going to be a major challenge, but good on Nevada on taking the appropriate steps to fix this. Again, another state that is controlled by Democrats is making movements towards equality.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 24, 2013 12:32:24 PM


  9. Jere: I believe you are wrong about the process in Oregon. From everything I've heard the process in Oregon is really simple and the same as California. Get enough signatures to put it on the ballot and over 50% of the votes to pass it.

    Posted by: Ken | May 24, 2013 1:53:58 PM


  10. I think some of you are over estimating the challenge of repealing these amendments. State laws very greatly on this. Nevada has one of the longest and most complicated processes, most states it is easier. I see five states out there where I believe we could repeal the constitutional bans in 2014, California (if we lose the Pro 8 case), Oregon, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio. All it takes in these places is enough signatures on a petition and winning over 50% of the vote and polls seem to look good for this.

    Posted by: Ken | May 24, 2013 2:03:55 PM


  11. Our goal should be to have over 20 states with marriage equality by the end of 2014 and this is achievable even though Nevada won't be one of them.

    Posted by: Ken | May 24, 2013 2:09:11 PM


  12. These amendments shouldn't have been added in the first place. For the 30+ states that have them, it's just as long and laborious to remove them. Thanks George Bush and the Republican Scare The Old Ladies Sky Is Falling platform!

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 24, 2013 5:48:22 PM


  13. We can thank Ken Mehlman for setting back gay marriage equality at least ten years and lots of money & hardship.

    Posted by: Hephaestion | May 26, 2013 5:12:06 PM


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