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.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Freedom Nevada is the campaign to win marriage in Nevada.
- The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada brings together diverse organizations to make transformational change in Nevada.
- ACLU of Nevada works to protect the rights and liberties of all Nevadans through lobbying, litigation and education.
- The Stonewall Democatic Club of Southern Nevada is the largest LGBTQ Democratic political organization in southern Nevada.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:
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.
Blog Posts Related to Nevada
Today, September 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in landmark marriage cases out of three different states - Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Listen to audio from the oral argument later today.
Today Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry begins a national tour in key 2016 swing states as part of its "Reform the Platform" initiative to strike anti-gay language from the national GOP platform.
This weekend, at the annual convention of the Nevada Republican Party, the state GOP voted in favor of removing language in the official party platform that opposes the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Resources Related to Nevada
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Nevada.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".