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.