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Gibbons Vetoes Nevada Domestic Partnerships

Timothy Kincaid

May 25th, 2009

As expected Governor Jim Gibbons has vetoed the Domestic Partnership bill passed by the legislature. (Mercury News)

Gibbons said in a statement released during the Memorial Day holiday that Senate Bill 283 conflicts with a state constitutional amendment approved by Nevada voters in 2002 supporting marriage between a man and a woman.

“Only the voters should have the right to undo or amend constitutional mandates,” he said.

The Nevada amendment was one that only assigned the name ‘marriage’ to heterosexual unions and did not seek to ban all comparable forms of domestic union. Gibbons is creating a mandate where none previously existed.

It is unclear whether the legislature will override Gibbons’ veto. An additional two votes are needed in each house, a not insignificant hurdle to overcome. However, the Nevada Resort Association – a very powerful lobby in the state – is calling for Domestic Partnerships to be passed and for the veto to be overturned.

It is worth noting that Gibbons vetoed the bill on a holiday, when the decision will receive the least notice from his constituents. And Gibbons made certain to note that on Friday he had signed a bill that banned discrimination in the state on the basis of orientation.

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Bruno
May 25th, 2009 | LINK

Given that Gibbons is a Republican, my question regarding a veto would be are there enough Democrats who voted against the DP bill there to change their vote? Because at this stage, it always comes down to partisan politics, and some Dems may not like this guy’s veto.

Candace
May 25th, 2009 | LINK

I wonder how many GLBTT folks vacation in Nevada? I wonder how many will keep doing so when they hear about Gibbon’s veto? A state DOMA doesn’t forbid domestic partnerships: the Governor is clearly trying to take something intended to put us a little ahead in the quest for equality and use it instead to put us even farther behind.

Perhaps he’s forgotten that his tourism industry needs gay people more than gay people need it. There are lots of vacation destinations where they don’t discriminate against gays… perhaps we should just pass Nevada by and head somewhere else this year.

AJD
May 25th, 2009 | LINK

I can’t believe Nevada voted to ban same-sex marriage in the first place. I mean, the home of 24-hour matrimony?

occono
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Beyond Las Vegas it’s a pretty conservative State.

Matt
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Yeah, you basically have Clark County and the Rest Of The State.

werdna
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

“Only the voters should have the right to undo or amend constitutional mandates,” he said.

Isn’t the question of whether this law conflicts with the amendment an issue for the courts to decide? Why is the governor trying to usurp the role of the judiciary?

Maryanne
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

And this is also the home of not only 24 hour marriages but legal prostitution.

Disgusted American
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

hmm seems like an activist Governor…..well, he doesn’t need my $2,000.00 vacation money. I’ll go somewhere more LGBT affirming.

Johnson
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Why the surprise? You do all realize he is a member of a certain Utah-based Religion, don’t you?

cowboy
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Are you sure, Johnson? He was caught drinking alcohol when he was helping a lady to her car in a parking garage in Las Vegas. No Mormon would be caught drinking in public.

Oh..but he admitted he was drinking. It was the lesser of two evils: drinking or sexual assault. Drinking carries a slightly lesser negative stigma in Mormon Wards.

What has Brother Harry Reid (his fellow Democrat Mormon) said about this? A Lukewarm endorsement of the veto?

werdna
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

His wikipedia page says he’s a “nonpracticing” Mormon. Clearly he’s got “other priorities”…

Leonard Drake
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Echoing the previous comments concerning Nevada being a conservative state: previous to 1993, Nevada had a sodomy statute holding that it was a FELONY for two individuals of the same-sex to engage in oral or anal sex. Individuals engaging in opposite-sex sexual activites could do whatever the f**k they wanted without fear of criminal reprisal (as far as the sodomy statutes was concerned).

Mark F.
May 26th, 2009 | LINK

Leonard, you do realize that all states had sodomy laws until the early 1970’s, don’t you? Even the liberal ones.

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