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Nevada assemblyman marries longtime partner in D.C.

Nevada assemblyman marries longtime partner in D.C.

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin says he married his longtime domestic partner over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

The Las Vegas Democrat tied the knot with Dana Barooshian on Sunday as part of a fundraising event for the nonprofit Helping Our Brothers and Sisters. The organization assists and mentors gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender veterans and youth.

Courtesy photoAndrew Martin (left) and Dana Barooshian.
Courtesy photo
Andrew Martin (left) and Dana Barooshian.

The two men say they met in 1985 in the student government at Binghamton University, and made a lifelong commitment to each other a year later.

They say they decided to get legally married after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and after numerous states legalized same-sex marriage.

Nevada doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, so the couple held their ceremony in the nation’s capital, where it is legal.

Nevada legislators in the spring approved a resolution to allow same-sex marriage in Nevada. The resolution must be approved again in 2015 before it can be placed before voters in the 2016 general election.

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