Broad domestic partnership, anti-marriage constitutional amendment


On May 23, 2013, the Nevada Assembly voted in favor of a legislative measure that begins the multi-year process of repealing Nevada's anti-marriage constitutional amendment and replacing it with the freedom to marry. The vote came after a victory in the Nevada Senate on April 22. 

The resolution will now need to be approved again during the next legislative session, in 2015, and if it is successful then, the measure will be placed before Nevada voters in November 2016.  

Meanwhile, marriage supporters from across the state have joined together to form Freedom Nevada, a campaign designed to amplify the conversation about the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in the state. Take the pledge with Freedom Nevada HERE.

A federal lawsuit, Sevcik v. Sandoval, is also pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Follow the Marriage Litigation in Nevada.

As this case makes its way up through the courts, Nevadans across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.


In 2002, anti-gay forces in Nevada pushed through Question 2, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. 

On May 26, 2009, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons vetoed a domestic partnership bill that had been previously approved by the state House and Senate. On May 31, however, a two-thirds majority of Nevada legislators voted to overrule the Governor's veto, creating broad domestic partnerships, which provide many - but not all - of the protections and responsibilities that the freedom to marry affords.


An October 2013 poll from Moore Information found that 57 percent of people in Nevada support removing the so-called Protection of Marriage provision from the Nevada Constitution, which prohibits marriages between same-sex couples in the state. Just 36 percent of those surveyed oppose removing the provision.  



According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 7,140 same-sex couples are living in Nevada, representing 7.1 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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