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Resolution seeks to repeal Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, March 18, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A resolution to repeal a section of the Nevada Constitution defining marriage as between and man and a woman, paving the way to legalize same-sex marriage, has been introduced in the Nevada Senate.

SJR13 was introduced Monday by Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas.

Same-sex marriage in Nevada was banned in 2002 when voters passed Question 2, the “Protection of Marriage Act,” with 66.9 percent of voters in favor.

Now, more than ten years later, polls show sentiment in Nevada for same sex marriage has changed, with many voters supporting it. A February 2013 poll by the Retail Association of Nevada poll found that 54 percent of voters support marriage equality for gay couples.

In 2009, the Nevada state legislature passed a bill to create a domestic partnership registry to allow same-sex couples many of the same rights as married, heterosexual couples. The law took effect on October 1, 2009.

Last year, a federal judge in Nevada rejected a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight gay couples challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Chief Judge Robert C. Jones, of the U.S. District Court in Nevada, said the ban does not discriminate against gays because, “like heterosexual persons, they may not marry members of the same sex.”

The resolution introduced Monday would have to be approved by lawmakers this year and again in 2015 before going to voters in 2016 for ratification.

If the provision is repealed, lawmakers could then legalize same-sex marriage through statute in 2017.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. oh sure, you can marry a stripper or marry an Elvis wanna be but two men or two women can’t marry each other?! LAME!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:27pm
  2. hell…. even prostitution is legal…. but gay sex?

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:29pm
  3. Hey dont count brittany spears out with her 66 hr marriage!

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:29pm
  4. You can fuck a whore, gamble away your soul and drink on the street… but, God help you if you are in a committed relationship and love the cock if you have one or a pussy if you have the same and want to proclaim it.

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:34pm
  5. Here’s hoping it is repealed

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:50pm
  6. Oh but you can fuck random people there…makes sense pffft.

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:04pm
  7. Go LGBTQ! You can’t stop us now!

    Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:31pm
  8. If they can allow prostitution I am pretty sure they can accept gay marriage!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:06am
  9. Truly inspirational

    Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:15am
  10. Come on Nevada

    Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:25am
  11. Good for them! Grandma Kay

    Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:18am