Nev. domestic partner bill OK’d; gov. warns veto

Associated Press
May 20, 2009

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons stated his intention to veto the domestic partnership legislation that was recently approved by the state House and Senate. Gibbons claims that the bill conflicts with state's 2002 constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [Link]

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Nevada Committee Approves Gay Rights Partnership Bill

Las Vegas Sun
May 12, 2009
Over the objections of Republicans, the Assembly Judiciary Committee has approved a bill giving certain rights to gay couples as those enjoyed by married couples. Assemblyman William Horne, D-Las Vegas, said this bill is about civil relationships between two persons. [link]

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DOMESTIC PARTNERS: Panel OKs benefits expansion

Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2008
A regulation that makes it state policy to provide health care insurance benefits to domestic partners of state employees -- including those of the same sex -- was adopted Tuesday by a legislative subcommittee on a 3-2 vote. But Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, said money still must be found during the legislative session, which starts in February, to expand the health care benefit. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Can ‘gay marriage’ save Jim Gibbons?

PolitickerNV.com
July 29, 2008
So constitutional arguments aside, why wouldn't we marry gays here? This must be where we draw the line in Nevada. Legal gambling? Definitely. Prostitutes? Let's give the Bunny Ranch a tv show. Throw in a steak-knife wielding member of the state legislature and you have a real party. [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban costing Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 29, 2008
"Nevadans overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 that bans same-sex marriage, which could be coming back to bite us in the wallet, a few million times over." [Link]

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Op-Ed: MA’s Las Vegas Envy

New York Times
July 17, 2008
What changed? Well, with the economy the way it is, becoming the Las Vegas of anything whatsoever began to sound like a good deal. California has been raking in money from weddings of out-of-state gay couples since a court made same-sex marriage legal there. [Link]

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University regents discuss benefits change to include domestic partners

Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 3, 2005
On Friday, NV regents discussed taking an unprecedented step to extend system benefits to domestic partners. The proposal came before a committee three years ago and never hit the full board's agenda until Friday's meeting. Regents said they wanted a chance to review a more detailed plan and would revisit for a possible vote in March 2006. Jim Richardson, NV Faculty Alliance says, "We believe faithful, monogamous partners deserve these benefits." Same-sex relationships must also be respected and recognized. [link]

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