Nevada Senate approves resolution to begin multi-year campaign for marriage

Last night, Tuesday, April 22, the Nevada Senate voted in favor of a resolution that would begin the process of winning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Nevada. The resolution calls for the repeal of the state's anti-marriage constitutional amendment and to replace the amendment with marriage for same-sex couples. It also includes clear protections for religious institutions. 

The resolution will now be heard before the Nevada state Assembly. If it is approved there, it will need to be approved again in the next legislative session, in 2015, and if it is approved again, the measure will be placed before Nevada voters in November 2016. 

The resolution was approved by a vote of 12-9, with all Democratic senators voting in favor and one Republican senator, Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, also voting in favor.