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Nevada Senate Votes To Override Domestic Partnership Veto

Jim Burroway

May 31st, 2009

The Nevada Senate yesterday voted 14-7 yesterday to override Gov. Jim Gibbons’ (R)  veto of the Domestic Partnership bill. The bill had originally passed 12-9.

Two Republicans changed their vote to override the governor’s veto. Sen. Dean Rhoads (R-Elko) changed his vote after reciving  e-mails from heterosexual couples interested in Domestic Partnerships for themselves. He also was swayed by lobbyists from the casino industry on behalf of their employees. Also changing his vote was Sen. Dennis Nolan (R-Las Vegas), who had received many calls that were “ugly, vulgar and threatening messages” from people who oppose the bill.

The bill now goes to the Assembly, which had approved the measure 26-14. The bill needs two more votes in order to override the veto.



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Wow now that I didn’t expect…2 Republicans. I know that Gibbons is quite unpopular in Nevada and figured some Democrats might’ve resented his veto, but I don’t really know the makeup of the chambers. I guess we’ll see if something similar can happen in their House.

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Wow! Go Nevada!

Timothy Kincaid
May 31st, 2009 | LINK

Per the Las Vegas Review Journal

Some supporters had hoped for a Saturday night vote in the Assembly. But Assemblyman James Ohrenschall became ill earlier in the day and was briefly hospitalized.

Ohrenschall, D-Las Vegas, supported SB283 in the first Assembly vote. He is expected to return to the Legislature today.

So it’s possible we’ll know the fate of this bill today.

Timothy Kincaid
May 31st, 2009 | LINK

It is very important to note that this is a bipartisan vote:

Ten Democrats and four Republicans voted to override the veto, while two Democrats and five Republicans voted against it.

One of the best things that could happen to our community would be if Republican legislators rejected the notion that they must automatically oppose gay rights.

And I am overjoyed that in many of the states that have recently expanded the notion of community and family to include gay citizens that these votes have included elected Republicans. If this trend continues, it will be but a short time until self-identified “conservatives” and Republicans will feel free to embrace civil equality without feeling as though they will be rejected by those who share their fiscal or foreign policy views.

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come on Nevada!

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Go Nevada!!!

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