Nevada is the 36th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864. Its most populous city is Las Vegas, and the state capitol is located in Carson City.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2000 and 2002. (The Nevada Constitution requires two ballot votes for citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.) The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in a federal appeals court. The case is Sevcik v. Sandoval.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Nevada Assembly passes transgender hate crimes bill

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers made a strong statement Tuesday, passing a bill that says crimes motivated by hatred of transgender people will not be tolerated in the Silver State. [ Read more → ]

With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [ Read more → ]
Kelvin Atkinson

State lawmaker comes out as Nevada senate advances marriage equality bill

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate, after an hour-long, soul-searching debate about equality, love and marriage passed a resolution late Monday repealing the state's heterosexual definition of marriage, the first step in a long process to recognize gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Nevada state capitol in Carson City.Source

Nevada same-sex marriage bill amended to protect churches

Friday, April 19, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A proposal seeking to clear the way for same-sex marriage in Nevada was amended Friday by the state Senate in a move designed to make it more acceptable to some lawmakers who struggled with their religious convictions. [ Read more → ]

Nevada state Senate committee amends, passes marriage equality bill

Thursday, April 11, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada Senate committee has taken a big step to not only repeal the state's heterosexual definition of marriage but to recognize all marriages "regardless of gender." [ Read more → ]

ACLU: Nevada’s ‘infamous crime against nature’ statute targets gay teens

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada wants a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that criminalizes consensual sex between same-sex teenagers as a "crime against nature." [ Read more → ]

Nevada Senate panel hears testimony on repealing state’s gay marriage ban

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada state Senate committee heard testimony on Tuesday on a resolution to repeal the state's constitutional provision that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Nev. Senate committee advances bill to add gender identity to hate crime statute

Friday, March 8, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada state Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the list of protected identities in Nevada’s hate crime statute. [ Read more → ]

Nevada lawmakers consider adding gender identity to hate crime statute

Monday, March 4, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Lawmakers are considering a measure to include transgender persons to the list of protected identities in Nevada's hate crime statute. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Nevadans support repeal of state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A majority of Nevadans favor repealing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a newly released survey. [ Read more → ]

Las Vegas markets to trendy gays, square straights in new ad campaign

Sunday, January 20, 2013
A new print advertising campaign from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is marketing to gay and lesbian travelers with a new twist, promoting that in Sin City, "everyone’s welcome, even straight people." The stylish, five-ad series from local ad agency R&R Partners, each... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay marriage group asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear Nevada case ahead of appeal

Thursday, December 6, 2012
An anti-gay marriage group defending Nevada's ban same-sex marriage has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case directly from the federal district court in Reno without waiting for a ruling on the case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. [ Read more → ]
Judge Robert C. Jones

Federal judge in Nevada denies challenge to state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A federal judge in Nevada has rejected a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight gay couples challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Sean Savoy

Radio station cancels public affairs program over interview with LGBT advocate

Thursday, August 30, 2012
RENO, Nev. -- A Fox Radio affiliate in Reno, Nev. has cancelled a public affairs program because the show's host conducted an interview on Aug. 12 with social commentator and LGBT advocate Will Kolb. [ Read more → ]

So, you still want to be a Republican?

Sunday, August 26, 2012
As we in the gay community continue the fight for gay marriage – there is still the ground-swell of: “Why do you need to be married? Can’t you just have a lawyer draw up all the legal papers you need? Just be domestic partners, that will give you all the legal rights you need.” [ Read more → ]

Conflict brewing over marriage equality in Democratic Party Platform

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There's disagreement over marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, with some party members resisting the move. We have a date for arguments in a new federal case to overturn Nevada's marriage ban. And an Iowa judge who upheld marriage equality has support from across the political spectrum, but is it enough to protect him from a new attack by anti-gay groups? [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple denied hospital rights despite legal, domestic partnership

Sunday, August 19, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A lesbian couple in Nevada was told by an admissions officer at a local hospital that they would need a medical power of attorney for one partner to make decisions for another in the event of a crisis, despite being in a legal domestic partnership sanctioned by the state. [ Read more → ]
The Chicken Ranch is a legal, licensed brothel located about 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Vegas near the town of Pahrump,

Family values: Nevadans support brothels over marriage equality

Sunday, June 17, 2012
There’s one thing Nevada voters across party lines can agree on: they love them some brothels, according to recent Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
Matt Moonen

Gay candidates win primaries in California, Nevada, Maine

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nevada and Maine could see the number of openly gay state lawmakers triple after Victory Fund-endorsed candidates advanced in primary elections this week, while in California, nine LGBT state legislative candidates won their primaries, setting the state up to elect the largest LGBT caucus ever. [ Read more → ]
Francis Dalog Jr.

Transgender teen allowed in boys’ graduate procession after TV station steps in

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A Las Vegas high school student, who came out as transgender male to family and friends last year, will be able to walk in his high school graduation ceremony with the rest of his male classmates after a local television station interceded with school officials. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Nevada’s gay marriage ban

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Nevada on behalf of eight same-sex couples, challenging Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lauren Scott

Equality Nevada director Lauren Scott files to run for state assembly

Monday, March 19, 2012
RENO, Nev. -- Nevada business consultant and community activist Lauren Scott has filed to run as a Republican candidate for the state Assembly, and if elected, would be the country's first openly transgender person to serve as a state legislator. [ Read more → ]

Mitt Romney scores another victory in Nevada GOP primary

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney claimed another victory on Saturday in the GOP primary contests by coming out on top in the Nevada caucus. The former Massachusetts governor was expected to win because polls throughout the week placed him well ahead of his competitors. [ Read more → ]

Nevada governor signs two additional transgender protection bills

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday signed into law two bills that extend discrimination protections for transgender people. [ Read more → ]
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