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Nevada Assembly Committee Hears Marriage Equality Bill

Jim Burroway

May 10th, 2013

An effort to rescind Nevada’s voter approve constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and replacing it with a law providing marriage equality began its long, two year process last month when the state Senate voted 12-9 to approve Senate Joint Resolution 13. The resolution then moved to the Assembly, where the Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections held hearings on the bill late yesterday. One new voice in support of the resolution was Michele Fiore (R-Las Vegas), who calls herself a “Tea Party Conservative who sticks to her guns.” She testified for the bill:

“My mom is gay,” Fiore said. “My two daughters and I are not. My mom is a Democrat. My two daughters and I are strong Republicans. I am who I am today, because of the guidance and upbringing of my mom who is gay.”

After three hours of testimony, the committee took no action. It will be brought back again for another working session. If the resolution passes the lower house, it will have to pass both houses again in 2015 before it can be sent to voters.

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occono
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

Voters would have to approve it twice as well.

Jim Burroway
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

ACtually, voters only have to approve it twice on voter-initiated proposals. I’ve just learned that for legislative initiated proposals, sending it to a vote is optional. I don’t know whether this proposal would be sent to the voters or not.

Daki
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

Voters have to approve it only once, according to this article: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Nevada_Constitution#Amending_the_constitution

Jim Burroway
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

The exact wording is here:

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Article_16,_Nevada_Constitution#Section_1

What had me confused was the summary which read “The state legislature can call a special election for the proposed amendment(s) if they wish.” Which, on first, quick reading, sounded to me as though the election itself was optional. But it’s not.

StraightGrandmother
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

I fell asleep trying to listen. Did anybody bring up Regnerus?

MattNYC
May 10th, 2013 | LINK

I just hope Justice Kennedy is paying attention to the rapidly-shifting landscape, especially on DOMA…

Paco Lachoy
May 11th, 2013 | LINK

in Nevada the constitution can be changed two ways: first by action in the Legislature in two consecutive sessions and then a ratification vote of the people a four year process: the second is by people’s initiative petition which has to be voted on by the people in two consecutive general elections (i.e.: 2012 then 2014). Bothe roads to change the constitution are long ones change does not happen over night and both REQUIRE a vote of the people.

Steve
May 12th, 2013 | LINK

Gay rights groups need to talk to the wedding industrial complex and get them to lobby for this.

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