Nevada Inches Closer to Marriage Equality
Nevada may be on the verge of legalizing gay marriage as the state’s assembly recently approved a measure that would allow same-sex couples to tie the knot, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The Nevada Assembly voted 24-17 on Thursday to remove the ban on gay marriage from the state’s Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 13 already passed the Senate and now needs the approval of the 2015 Legislature to get on the 2016 ballot.
The measure states "all legally valid marriages shall be treated equally under the law."
"We have been denied our civil rights and equality under the law," Assemblyman Andrew Martin, D-Las Vegas, who is openly gay and has been with his partner for 27 years. Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, D-Las Vegas, called out opponents, who claim the measure should not go against the public’s 2000 and 2002 votes, when voters decided to ban gay marriage.
"Public opinion is evolving rapidly on this issue," Anderson said. "The will of the voters is changing."
Predictably, lawmakers against marriage equality spewed the same rhetoric that has lost them votes recently in marriage decisions in Delaware and Minnesota.
"I believe that marriage between a man and woman is ordained by God," Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, R-Mesquite, said. "God has commanded that sacred powers of procreation are only to be employed between a man and a woman lawfully wedded as man and wife."