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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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Nevada Lawmaker Comes Out During Marriage Debate: 'I Have a Daughter. I'm Black. I'm Gay' - VIDEO

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Yesterday I reported that Nevada state senator Kelvin Atkinson had come out of the closet during debate before the body voted to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Said Atkinson: "If [marriage equality] somehow interrupts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place."

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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.

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Nevada Senate Panel Advances Bill to Repeal Ban and Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Nevada's Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections yesterday voted 3-2 along party lines on Senate Joint Resolution 13 which would repeal the state's definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and also amend the constitution to say all marriages are recognized regardless of gender, the AP reports:

NevadaBecause it is a constitutional amendment, the measure must be approved by the Legislature this year and in 2015 before it would go to voters in 2016 for ratification. Supporters said they’ll keep up their campaign for passage.

“All people in Nevada deserve the freedom to marry,” said Laura Martin with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

The original proposal sought only to repeal language in the state constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. But a late amendment adopted by the committee Thursday adds that the state “shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender.”

HRC adds:

In 2002, Nevada voters passed Question 2, banning marriage equality for same-sex couples. In 2009, the state passed domestic partnership legislation, becoming the 17th state to provide relationship recognition to same-sex couples. In recent polling, public opinion has shown growing support for marriage equality with 54% of Nevada voters supporting same-sex marriage.


Lawmaker Begins Long Process to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Nevada

The march toward marriage equality has begun in Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun reports:

NevadaSen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced a Senate Joint Resolution that would repeal the section of Nevada’s constitution that says “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized.”

The repeal would start the lengthy process by which Nevada could legalize same-sex marriage. The resolution needs to pass by majority vote in the Legislature this year and again in 2015 before it would be placed on the 2016 ballot. If the majority of voters in Nevada decide to repeal the marriage definition, then the Legislature could act in 2017 to legalize same-sex marriage in statute.

Vanessa Spinaloza, lobbyist for the ACLU, worked with Segerblom on the resolution and said she’s confident that a majority of legislators support the repeal.


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